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Terra Nova Ship That Carried Ill-Fated 1912 Antarctic Expedition Led By Captain Robert Scott Found Sunk Off Greenland
2012-08-16 15:15:12

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online More than a hundred years after Captain Robert F. Scott´s doomed expedition to the Antarctic Circle and the South Pole, his ship, the SS Terra Nova, has been discovered sunk off the coast of Greenland. Scott and his expedition team arrived at the South Pole in January 1912, only to realize he had been beaten by 33 days by a Norwegian team led by Roald Amundsen. Fraught by defeat, Scott´s entire party died on the return...

2012-06-29 11:50:50

On the centenary of Scott's ill-fated Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole, a study to be presented at the Society for Experimental Biology meeting on Sunday 1st July has shown that Scott's men starved to death because they were consuming far too few calories to fuel their daily exertion. The researchers, environmental physiologist Dr Lewis Halsey of the University of Roehampton and polar explorer and physician Dr Mike Stroud, examined the voyage in light of today's knowledge of...

2011-01-18 00:00:39

January 17th marks the 99th anniversary of Robert Falcon Scott's bittersweet conquest of the South Pole. For the 100th Anniversary next year, Rick Sweitzer and his polar adventure company Polar Explorers plan to make the most of the South Pole Centennial with commemorative expeditions to the South Pole honoring Scott and Amundsen's achievements. Wilmette, IL (PRWEB) January 17, 2011 Rick Sweitzer of Polar Explorers always notes January 17th with something of a shudder. It is, after all, the...

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2010-08-13 09:45:00

A crate of Scotch that once belonged to famous explorer Ernest Shackleton was opened Friday, several months after having been rescued from a 100-plus old prison of Antarctic ice. The crate, which contained 11 bottles of 'Mackinlay's Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky', was discovered along with four others in Shackleton's hut at Cape Royds on Ross Island in 2006. The famed traveler brought the liquor with him during his 1907 Nimrod expedition, according to the AP, and the cases were ultimately...

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2010-01-03 07:43:52

An expedition to Antarctica has uncovered what they believe to be the remains of the first airplane brought to the continent, according to a recent Reuters report. The aircraft was discovered on an icy shore close to where it had been abandoned nearly a hundred years earlier. The artifact, a single propeller Vickers plane, was brought to Antarctica by explorer Douglas Mawson during an expedition from 1911 to 1914. When the plane proved to be non-functional it was abandoned. The plane was...

2009-11-12 04:26:00

VLISSINGEN, The Netherlands, November 12 /PRNewswire/ -- This is the start of a new Era in polar expedition cruising: the Dutch flagged expedition vessel "Plancius", operated by Oceanwide Expeditions from Vlissingen, the Netherlands, is almost ready to set sail to Antarctica, offering the maiden voyage on 08 January 2010. "Plancius" shall be christened on 14 November and will depart on 5 December for her ocean voyage to Ushuaia in Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina, the starting point of...

2008-12-04 08:53:00

Award-winning ultra-runner and colleagues will run and ski over 700 miles to the South Pole in unsupported expedition HERCULES INLET, Antarctica, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ - Today renowned adventurers Ray Zahab, Kevin Vallely, and Richard Weber set out in the freezing cold and gale-force winds to trek across Antarctica to the South Pole - and you can follow along and wish them well in their journey. Ray and his colleagues will be blogging expedition updates on virtually a daily basis on their...

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2008-02-19 10:10:00

Scientists have discovered giant sea creatures in Antarctic waters while conducting a census of sea life to determine the impact of environmental change.The census, known as the Collaborative East Antarctic Marine Census (CEAMARC), consists of three ships: the Aurora Australis, France's L'Astrolabe and Japan's Umitaka Maru.The expedition to the Southern Ocean took them more than 1,000 meters below the surface to the ocean floor."Gigantism is very common in Antarctic waters -- we have...

2007-07-02 09:17:50

By Story By William Mullen, Chicago Tribune Jul. 2--CAPE EVANS, Antarctica -- The dark, silent interiors of the three wooden huts are still pungent from the smoke of seal-blubber fires that once warmed men now long dead. Their dishes, pots, pans and scientific paraphernalia are scattered across tables and counters, and tins and boxes of their food still sit on shelves. Isolated from one another, strung out along 23 miles of Ross Island's bleak Antarctic coastline, the abandoned huts for...

2007-06-09 11:04:56

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - The Antarctic base occupied by British explorer Robert Falcon Scott on his ill-fated expedition to the South Pole on foot early last century has been included on a list of the world's 100 most endangered sites. The list, compiled by an international panel and released Wednesday by the World Monuments Fund, identifies what are considered to be the world's most endangered historic, architectural and cultural treasures. The WMF identified climate change as the...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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