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Norwegian-American Scientific Traverse of East Antarctica

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Explorers Club

The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.

(Text by Glen Liston, extracted and modified from the Club web site)

Founded in New York City in 1904, The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club's members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon - all accomplished by our members. Two members of the Troll-to-Pole traverse are members of The Explorers Club: Dr. Jan-Gunnar Winther (expedition leader) and Dr. Glen E. Liston.

The Explorers Club Flag

The Explorers Club flag represents an impressive history of courage and accomplishment and has been carried on hundreds of expeditions by Club members since 1918. Flag expeditions fulfill a fundamental part of the Club's mission: To engage in scientific exploration and share the results. It has flown at both poles, from the highest peaks of the greatest mountain ranges, traveled to the depths of the ocean, to the lunar surface, and outer space.

Today, there are 202 numbered flags. While a select few have been retired for preservation, and others have been lost to the ravages of Nature and the Postal Service, the rest are carried and returned, in rotation, as they have been over the last hundred years on ever-new voyages of exploration. As part of our joint Norwegian-United States traverse to the South Pole we will be carrying Flag Number 24. This Flag has been carried on six previous Explorers Club expeditions:

1929 Harry C. Raven
American Museum Anatomical Expedition to Central Africa

1991 Judith Schrafft
Kapingamarangi Expedition

1993 Penelope Bodry-Sanders
Retracing Carl Akeley's Expedition to Gorilia Country Expedition

2004 Nikolaus Graf Sandizell
Arqueonautas Worldwide Archaeological Project Mocambique

2006 Llewellyn M. Toulmin
Search for the Ghost Town of Washington Courthouse

2007 Martin Nweeia
Narwhal Tusk Research

2007 Glen E. Liston
Norwegian - U.S. IPY Scientific Traverse: Climate Variability and Glaciology in East Antarctica

The Explorers Club Flag

Image: Dr. Jan-Gunnar Winther (expedition leader; Norwegian scientific leader) on right, and Dr. Mary Albert (U.S. scientific leader) on left, holding The Explorers Club flag during a blizzard at the Norwegian Troll Station prior to leaving for the South Pole.


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