Environment: Journey to the Top of the World

Japanese explorer makes first solo trip to the North Pole

On the 57th day of his perilous 477-mile trek along the jagged ice fields of the Arctic Ocean, Japanese Explorer Naomi Uemura last week took a sextant sighting, then another and another. At last he was sure. With the 17 huskies who had pulled his sledge, he was at the top of the world, the first man to reach the North Pole alone by way of the frozen Arctic.

Standing on a dazzling white plain of ice that stretched southward in every direction, the diminutive...

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