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A View from the Pole

For hundreds of years men had tried to reach the North Pole at 90N latitude.

When Robert Peary and his team arrived there in April, 1909, they learned that there was no land there, so they could not claim anything other than having reached a geographical point. Peary photographed four different directions - all looking south - to provide a record that he saw no land.

Notice how smooth the ice looks. For about 100 miles / 160 km around the Pole it is very easy to travel because the ocean is so deep there are few of the pressure ridges that are found over shallower regions, or near land.

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