Historic camp site of Antarctica explorers discovered
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.
ReferencesOur Amazing Planet - Historic camp site discovered on Antarctica US National Science Foundation Antarctic Heritage Trust website Amundsen, R. 1912. The South Pole : an account of the Norwegian... Robert Falcon Scott's handwritten diary from the Terra Nova... Amundsen, R. 1912. The South Pole : an account of the Norwegian...
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