Antarctica History lesson
This blog is not exactly a bastion for educational matters, but today it is! Here’s a bit of info on Captain Scott’s first expedition to Antarctica, which is of course related to today’s photo. This info comes from the Antarctica Historic Trust.
Robert Falcon Scott’s National Antarctic Expedition 1901–04, a joint initiative between The Royal Geographical Society and The Royal Society, was the second expedition to winter over on the Antarctic continent, and the first to carry out significant exploration and serious scientific research.
Three of the most famous men in Antarctic exploration – Scott, Shackleton and Wilson – achieved a furthest south sledging journey of 82º 16’ S in the summer of 1902–03. On 9 January 1902, a stop was made at Cape Adare where the record left by Borchgrevink was found, and on 4 February, during flights by Scott and Sub-Lieutenant Ernest Shackleton RNR in a hydrogen balloon over the Ross Ice Shelf, Shackleton took the first aerial photographs of Antarctica. On the expedition’s return home, 11 volumes of scientific results were published and Scott was welcomed as a national hero.
BTW, I think it’s funny that there were two groups and they were called “The Royal Geographical Society” and “The Royal Society.” One can only imagine the polite bickering between these two groups over tea.
Daily Photo – A Rather Cold Hut in Antarctica
Here’s an interesting fact about this place. It was actually so cold in here that most men decided to stay on the boat instead. I can certainly attest to how cold it was inside of here. Somehow, it was even colder than outside, but maybe that’s because I was here in the “summer”. The only benefit of being inside is that you get out of the wind. It’s interesting to know this was Scott’s first hut. His second hut made many improvements to this design. If you click on the Antarctica category, you’ll see a lot more.