Why the attraction to Kerguelen?

Where does the strange attraction of the polar regions lie, so powerful, so gripping that on one’s return from them one forgets all weariness of body and soul and dreams only of going back?

Jean-Baptiste Charcot as quoted by Graham Collier and Patricia Graham Collier in Antarctic Odyssey, (New York: Caroll & Graf Publishers, Inc., 1999), xiv.

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