Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Knowing When to Sail and Cut Bait: Roald Amundsen, Norweigian Explorer

Roald Amundsen July 16, 1872c. June 18, 1928
Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen was a Norwegian explorer of polar regions. He led the first Antarctic expedition to reach the South Pole between 1910 and 1912. He was also the first person to reach both the North and South Poles. He is known as the first to traverse the Northwest Passage.

During his exploration of the Northwest Passage, Amundsen most notably spent two years living on land with the Inuits in their igloo village where he learned among other things to understand that due to limited resources, he and his crewman had to move on due to the region's limited resources in the area to sustain he and his men in order for the Inuit's to survive.

Learn more in this excellent NOVA/PBS special Arctic Passage.


1 comment:

Citizen Carrie said...

Thanks for the heads-up on this. I've been fascinated with Amundsen every since I watched the excellent Masterpiece Theater series, The Last Place on Earth.