On this day…in 1912

After a two-month ordeal, the expedition of British explorer Robert Falcon Scott arrives at the South Pole only to find that Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer, had preceded them by just over a month. Disappointed, the exhausted explorers prepared for a long and difficult journey back to their base camp. Scott, a British naval officer, … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1959

Twelve nations, including the USA and the Soviet Union, sign the Antarctica Treaty, which bans military activity and weapons testing on that continent. It was the first arms control agreement signed in the Cold War period. Since the 1800’s a number of nations, including Great Britain, Australia, Chile, and Norway, laid claim to parts of … [Read the full story]

Have Russians found Hitler buried in Antarctica?

Russian scientists have finally drilled down through four kilometres of Antarctic ice to a lake that has been sealed for the last 20 million years. Veteran Antarctic researcher Professor John Priscu says that he expects to see ‘unique organisms’ in the lake. But it was revealed this may not be the only surprise from sub-glacial … [Read the full story]

Penguin thief caught on camera

A “criminal” stone-stealing Adelie penguin has been captured on camera by a BBC film crew. The team, filming for the documentary Frozen Planet, spent four months with the penguin colony on Ross Island, Antarctica. The footage they captured shows a male penguin stealing stones from its neighbour’s nest. The birds build their stone nests to … [Read the full story]