The poles are not just vast expanses of snow and ice. They support a unique plant and animal life, like the penguins, polar bear, caribou, and many rare birds like the Arctic tern. The poles are rich in minerals, including oil and gas. Besides being storehouses of fossils, they are natural laboratories, where scientists conduct research on climate. Explore the two poles and discover the surprises hidden in their icy landscape. Also learn about how these fragile regions are threatened by pollution and climate change.