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The History of Antarctica – A Story of Great Explorers

The History of Antarctica – A Story of Great Explorers

The History of Antarctica – A Story of Great ExplorersWho first saw Antarctic ice, and who first discovered Antarctica? Europeans are used to putting a person’s name to such things, such as “Christopher Columbus discovered America” (he didn’t, actually), but the discoverers of Antarctica could well be nameless individuals from the

106-year-old edible fruitcake found in Antarctica

A 106-year-old fruitcake belonging to famed explorer Robert Falcon Scott has been found in Antarctica. Although the tin was rusted, the team said the cake was in "excellent condition" and smelled edible. The New Zealand-based trust found it in Antarctica's oldest building, a hut built by Norwegian explorer Carsten Borchgrevink's team in

Is there a Nazi base in Antarctica?

One of the New York Time's blogs examined the rumour that the Nazi's may have set up a base in Antarctica during the second world war. That last theory, based on sketchy rumors of a Nazi base on the frozen continent, received an unlikely boost this week from Russia’s state-run news

Colour photos of Shackleton’s ill-fated voyage

Check out these amazing colour photographs documenting Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated voyage across the Antarctic in 1914-1917. These are Frank Hurley’s famous early colour photographs of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated ‘Endurance’ voyage, as part of the British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917. Hurley was the official photographer on the expedition. Early in 1915, their

A look at Antarctica’s fossilized forests

The BBC has posted an interesting article about the ancient forests that once covered Antarctica. One of her most amazing fossil discoveries to date was made in the Transantarctic Mountains, not far from where Scott made his own finds. She recalled: "We were high up on glaciated peaks when we found a

Glacier spews out million-year-old microbes

I thought this was pretty fascinating…the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica is spewing out million-year-old microbes, giving the glacier the appearance of bleeding. This five-story, blood-red waterfall which pours out of the Taylor Glacier located in Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys was first discovered back in 1911. Originally they thought the red

Remains found of first plane taken to Antarctica

The remains of the first airplane ever taken to Antarcitca in 1912 have been found. "The biggest news of the day is that we've found the air tractor, or at least parts of it!" team member Tony Stewart wrote on the team's blog from Cape Denison in Antarctica's Commonwealth Bay. Australian polar