Antarctica: 100 Years of Exploration (Infographic)

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Terra Australis

Credit: National Science Foundation, NASA
For at least 2,000 years philosophers believed that the spherical Earth must have a large unknown continent at the bottom of the globe to provide symmetry…Read More »

with the large continents to the north. On maps this huge continent was called "Terra Australis" or Southern Land. Europeans finally sighted the ice of Antarctica in the 18th century. Dec. 14, 2011, is the 100th anniversary of the first expedition to reach the South Pole, led by Roald Amundsen.

In the next section, we will see how Antarctica fits into the context of the southernmost part of Earth.   Less «
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