History Corner

Where is the Third Pole?

The Third Pole

The Third Pole (TP) covers over 5 million square kilometers, has an average elevation of 4000 meters and is centered on the Tibetan Plateau and its surrounding regions that include the Himalayas to the south.

Who Wanted to Play a Board Game About Antarctic Expeditions?

Image showing Admiral Byrd, penguins, a plane, and a ship

Historically, polar explorers generated much interest in their adventures – so much so that they dominated the newspapers and pop culture of the day. When these polar explorers returned from faraway places, they went on lecture tours and wrote books about their experiences, which only expan

How did a polar center come to be located in Ohio?

Trustees sitting around a table

The Ohio State University’s involvement in cold regions research began just after World War II with U.S. Army contracts for work in Greenland.  Interest in polar studies grew during the International Geophysical Year (1957-58), and soon thereafter, Dr. Richard P.

Who was the first to fly a plane over the North Pole?


On May 9, 1926 Commander Richard Byrd announced that he had been the first to fly over the North Pole in his Fokker tri-motor airplane, the Josephine Ford.  Byrd submitted his navigational records to the U.S.