Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration

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The Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration was an era in the exploration of the continent of Antarctica. It began at the end of the 19th century, and ended after the First World War.[1][2]

During the Heroic Age, the Antarctic region became the focus of international attention from ten countries.[3][4]

Both the geographic and magnetic South Poles were reached for the first time during the Heroic Age.

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  1. Smith, p. 414
  2. The historian Aant Elzinga gives the much later date of 1945, considering World War II to be the turning point in Antarctic research.Elzinga, Aang (1993). Changing Trends in Antarctic Research. Dordrecth: Springer. ISBN 978-0-58-528849-9.
  3. Barczewski, pp. 19–20.
  4. Huntford, p. 691 – "before machines took over."