South Pole


Fri September 28, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

'Cocaine For Snowblindness': What Polar Explorers Packed For First Aid

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 9:12 am

From left: Frank Wild, Ernest Shackleton, Dr. Eric Marshall and Jameson Adams head back to base camp after getting within 97 miles of the South Pole — closer than anyone had gotten before them — in January 1909.
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So you're headed out to explore the frozen wilderness of the Antarctic, facing one of the most punishing climates on Earth. What kind of medical supplies do you strap onto your sledge in case of emergency, miles from any sign of civilization?

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Thu December 15, 2011

South Pole Science - 100 Years On

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100 years ago yesterday, Norway’s Roald Amundsen beat England’s Robert Scott in man’s race to reach The South Pole.  A mission of science propelled many of these early expeditions, and such inquiry continues as the remarkable endeavor of polar scientists today.  

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Wed May 25, 2011

New Book Vindicates Polar Explorer Robert Scott

First “conquered” by man 100 years ago, Antarctica savaged early European expeditions with its blinding week-long storms scouring an ice cap two miles thick and its record-cold of minus 129 degrees. A new book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Larson describes the science and agony of polar explorer Robert Scott in this alien land. KUNC’s Peter Johnson has more.

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