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SCOTT'S HUT AND THE EXPLORERS' HERITAGE OF ANTARCTICA

SCOTT
Ross Island, Antarctica
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BACKGROUND

At the turn of the twentieth century, Antarctica remained the only continent untouched by humans. In 1895, the 6th International Geographical Congress declared that Antarctica’s ice-choked seas and frozen peaks were the next frontier for scientific discovery, ushering in what has come to be known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The weather patterns in Antarctica have shifted over the past century. Warming in the area has triggered large amounts of precipitation over Ross Island, where the expedition huts are located. Increased visitation (tourism as well as research), microbial infestation, and decay also threatened the survival of these historic structures. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Portraits of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra still hang inside Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Expedition Hut on Cape Royds in Antarctica. In Scott’s hut on Cape Evans, canned food sits on the shelves, the London Illustrated News lies carelessly tossed on a desk in one corner, and the darkroom of expedition photographer Herbert Pontings is intact with chemicals and plates. (...)

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IN THE MEDIA
Eco-Tripping | Sea, Sun and Sites on the Rebound
The New York Times, Thursday, March 25, 2010
Frozen in time: Captain Scott's huts
The Independent, Friday, December 18, 2009
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