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Since the first appearance of human curiosity the species has been exploring its surroundings Its a primitive urge that was born with the realization that horizons are not limits not boundaries but penetrable veils which need only to be approached to be forced to retreat and give up its secrets As the 18th century AD drew to a close man could barely point a gaze in the direction of the unknown for he had already walked populated and lived there Mankinds still intact thirst for the unknown constricted and caged by the shrinking world it lived in needed an outlet And so the self-proclaimed civilized world turned its eye toward a land previously only seen from ships a land so inhospitable and inapproachable that it had barely before been ventured upon Antarctica As half-frozen men climbed off frozen ships paper and pencil recorded every exciting frightening painful and occasionally glory-filled moment revealing both the landscapes of the continent and the characters of both the authors of the accounts and their companions The remaining texts are those written as journals by members of expeditions and it is certain that it was performed painfully as even in their tents the extreme cold must have tortured their pencil-wielding hands These men while on separate journeys onto the forbidding continent all faced the possibilities of the same hardships frustrations joys and tragedies each recording those which they encountered as they saw fit From a study of this literature many parallels can be drawn between them as well as some noticeable differences As Antarctica began to be penetrated and knowledge of its conditions grew there began a race for the south pole The thought of the glory involved with planting their countries flag at 90 south was very luring for restless explorers and in 1910 the first serious effort was organized Neider 456 There were two prominent and separate parties involved one lead by Norways Roald Amundsen and the other
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