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U.N. Photo Exhibit Highlights Arctic and Antarctic Challenges

A photography exhibit featuring images from both ends of the Earth the Antarctic and the Arctic is opening at United Nations headquarters in New York City tomorrow (Jan. 12).

The project marks the centenary of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen's Antarctic expedition, the first ever to reach the South Pole. [Related: Race to the South Pole in Images .]

In addition to celebrating that historic journey , the exhibit highlights the challenges posed by climate change and global warming to the Arctic and Antarctic, two unique regions that reflect the health of the planet.

The exhibit features the work of two photographers from Sweden, the country next door to Amundsen's native Norway.

"Once Upon a Time ... in Antarctica" by Stig Gustafsson offers an extensive visual tour of the region's animal life and landscapes, dry valleys and glaciers and ice floes.

"Gateway to the Arctic" by Jens Thuresson presents a variety of images from the northern polar region.

Both exhibits are presented at the U.N. by the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.

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