12. The ice on Antarctica is telling us a lot about our past.
Scientists are currently studying Ice cores, long cylindrical samples of Antarctica’s ice. These cores have dust and air bubbles trapped inside them and can provide information about the earth’s climate over the past 10,000 years.
14. Robert Falcon Scott and his crew died on their way to the South Pole. Their route remains uncharted to this day.
In 1910, Captain Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition set out to be the first group to ever reach the geographical South Pole. After reaching the pole and discovering they had arrived second, 33 days behind the Roald Amundsen expedition, the team retraced their steps back to sea. On their return, Scott’s entire party died from exhaustion and starvation.
Polar explorer Ben Saunders and his partner Tarka L’Herpiniere will attempt to be the first people to complete the Captain Scott’s 1,800-mile return journey from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.