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Legendary Explorer Scott's Antarctic Hut to be Saved

British explorer, Robert Falcon Scott's hut at Cape Evans, Ross Island, has remained intact for nearly 100 years. (Image credit: Josh Landis/NSF.)

An historic preservation group will save the Antarctic hut where Captain Robert Falcon Scott plotted his ill-fated expedition to the South Pole.

The U.K. Antarctic Heritage Trust reached its fundraising goals on Jan. 4 and announced they will restore Scott's hut, reported The Herald Scotland. The hut was built at Cape Evans on Ross Island in 1911.

Scott and his crew were in a race with Norwegian Roald Amundsen to be first to the South Pole. Amundsen made it to the South Pole on Dec. 14, 1911, and reached the safety of Australia three months later. Scott found his way to the pole on Jan. 17, 1912, but he and his team died on the way back, stuck in a freezing blizzard without food or fuel. [See Amundsen's and Scott's journeys in images .]

Scott's hut has survived through the years but needs major repairs to preserve the thousands of artifacts it holds. The Antarctic Heritage Trust raised $5.5 million (

Brett Israel was a staff writer for Live Science with a focus on environmental issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from The University of Georgia, a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, and has studied doctorate-level biochemistry at Emory University.