Historic camp site of Antarctica explorers discovered

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- Sunday December 16th, 2012 - 03:53 - Source: Our Amazing Planet
A hundred years after a Norwegian and English team raced each other to be the first on the South Pole, scientists re-discovered one of their camp sites in Antarctica, located on the slopes of the world's southernmost volcano.

Norwegian Roald Amundsen and Englishman Robert Falcon Scott were famous explorers and expedition leaders,  travelling across the world in an effort to be the first to go where no man had gone before; the South Pole. Due to what is believed to be better preparations, Amundsen won the race, reaching the pole on Dec. 14, 1911. Scott did make it there aswell a month later, on Jan. 17, 1912, but perished on the journey back to the edge of Antarctica.

 

Scott and his team camped during their journey at the slopes of Mount Erebus, the world's most southern volcano. The team took geological specimens and mapped the area during their stay at the camp, which location was known as "the highest camp", according to a US National Science Foundation release. 

 

A team of geologists and volcanologists from the NSF, working at Erebus, found what they think is the same camp site used by Scott. The site features a ring of stones where a tent once stood and appears to match historic photos taken during the 1910-1912 expedition.

 

The area will be mapped and searched for artifacts from the original expedition. Experts from the Antarctic Heritage Trust will verify the historic find by further analysis, according to the NSF. 

 

A historic photo of the recently re-discovered campsite, used by the team led by Scott in the early 20th century, at the slopes of Mt. Erebus. Photo by Picture Library, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. Click to enlarge

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By , Sunday February 17th, 2013 - 03:43 The question I'd rhtear ask is, "What if he'd made it back but was still second to Amundsen?" I've heard that the big controversy was that Amundsen ate his dogs -- as the supplies were used, the sleds got lighter, fewer dogs were needed, ergo, why carry so much food? Scott used ponies and refused to eat them, which was very noble but we see the outcome. Had he succeeded, could he have achieved fame as "First Man To The South Pole Without Eating His Pack Animals"? Seems a bit of a stretch, doesn't it?

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