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Polar Exploration History


Polar Education | General Polar | Cryosphere | Climate Change and the Polar Region
Polar Peoples | Polar Life Sciences | Exploration History | Polar Images


Access the following web sites for information that relates to "Exploration History".

 

South-pole.com (US Antarctic Program, USA)
Features: Stamps, images and photos, Arctic and Antarctic timelines, history, explorers and more

Quote: “This site is dedicated to the heroic explorers of our polar regions and the surrounding islands. The tales of these brave souls were often related in expedition mail sent home to anxious loved ones and beneficiaries. As you browse through this site, you will witness an extensive mix of reference material that will be useful to philatelists and students of polar history alike.”

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Of Maps and Men: In Pursuit of a Northwest Passage (Princeton University Library)
Features: map chronology, explorers and expeditions, books, artwork and photos

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The Fabled Northwest Passage (Library and Archives of Canada, Collections Canada)
Features: explorer biographies, expeditions, maps, historical documents

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Breaking the Ice: Canada and the Northwest Passage (CBC-Canadian Broadcast Corporation Archives, Canada)
Features: Educational activities, TV and radio broadcasts, links to news articles

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Antarctic – Extreme Wilderness (Unlocking the Archives, Royal Geographical Society and the Institute of British Geographers, UK)
Features: Resources and PDFs, Teacher’s Area and educational materials

Topics: Discover the story of the race to the Pole. What were their views of Antarctica? What is the climate and landscape like? How has Antarctica been used for science? How has Antarctica been used for commercial profit? Which countries have signed up to the Antarctic Treaty system?

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Polar Scientists & Explorers: Past & Present (PRISM-Polar Radar for Ice Sheet Measurements)

Features: Resources, educational materials, news archives

Notes: Check out the archived newspaper articles from the late
1800s here

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Explorers:

In the Footsteps of Sir Douglas Mawson (South Australian Museum)
Quote: “Douglas Mawson was a scientist, an explorer and an adventurer.” “Upon entering the site, you view a reconstruction of Mawson's hut…Here you can click on one of three notebooks. One gives an abbreviated life history of Sir Douglas…The other notebooks give information about the places where Mawson pursued his major scientific interests...”

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Scott: Secrets of the Dead - Tragedy at the Pole (PBS)
Features: Resources, wallpapers, links

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Shackleton: ‘Voyage of Endurance’ (NOVA)
Features: timeline, educational materials and teachers’ guide, Shackleton biography, diary of a survivor, NOVA Expedition 1999-2000

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Virtual Shackleton (Scott Polar Research Institute, U of Cambridge, UK)
Features: Historical documents, expedition outlines

Quote: “…aims to provide a scholarly resource as well as an introduction to the Institute's wealth of historical documents and artifacts.”

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Frederick A. Cook Society
Quote: “…a nonprofit, educational organization which holds an annual meeting, publishes a membership newsletter three times a year, and an annual journal...maintains the Frederick A. Cook Collection…and assists writers, scholars, and individuals seeking information on the life and work of Frederick Albert Cook…”

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Peary & Henson Foundation (a free public service provided by Bradley Robinson)
Features/Topics: gift store, images, links, Peary/Cook controversy

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Fridtjof Nansen: Scientist and Humanitarian (Nobel Prize)
Features: biography and resources

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FNI-Fridtjof Nansen Institute (Norway)
Quote: “…independent foundation engaged in research on international environmental, energy and resource management politics.”

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