A new look at the deadly race to the South Pole as revealed in archive photos
One hundred years ago, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen won the race to the South Pole in a dramatic and ultimately fatal duel with British adventurer Robert Scott that captured the world’s attention.
On December 14, 1911, not long before the outbreak of World War I, as nationalism was on the rise in Europe, Amundsen and the four members of his team were the first to plant the Norwegian flag at the southernmost tip of the globe. Robert Scott arrived at the pole five weeks later only to find the Norwegian flag already there.
While Roald Amundsen would live until 1928, Robert Scott would never leave the frozen continent. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)