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Visit our History Timeline for a complete visual layout of Antarctica's fascinating past.  From the continent's first sighting  through explorer accounts,  station building, claims, treaties and tragedies.

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Cook, Belgica, Amundsen, Scott, Mawson, Shackleton, Byrd, Highjump, IGY, DC-10, Expeditions

Amundsen - Scott

Race For The South Pole

Shackleton's Endurance
Online Exhibit

Within eighty five miles of their destination, the Antarctic continent their ship Endurance was trapped
and slowly crushed by pack ice. With no communication to the outside world their ordeal would last twenty months.  More >

Belgica Expedition - 1897

This expedition successfully achieved two main objectives; the very first scientific research program carried out in this part of the globe and also the first expedition that spent the polar night caught among the ice blocks.  More >

Antarctic History

Mawson's Will

Sir Douglas Mawson (1882-1958) is Australia's most renowned Antarctic scientist and explorer.
In 1911 Mawson organized and commanded the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE 1911-14) and was the sole survivor of a three-man sledging journey that ended tragically. Mawson was knighted in recognition of his leadership of this expedition.

Patience Camp Photo

"It is now January, 1916, and still the pack showed no sign of breaking up."
Ernest Shackleton

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