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100-year-old notebook found in Antarctica

By T.K. Randall
October 26, 2014 · Comment icon 10 comments

The book had remained undiscovered for almost a century. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 euphro
A notebook belonging to a member of Robert Scott's Antarctic expedition team has been found in the ice.
The book, which dates back to the ill-fated expedition that saw Robert Scott and his companions freezing to death during their return from the South Pole 100 years ago, belonged to George Murray Levick, a surgeon and photographer who was part of a separate group that survived the trip.

Levick was one of six men who had split from Scott's main party to make scientific observations along Antarctica's coastline.
When the ship returned to pick them up however it was unable to get through due to pack ice, forcing the group to endure the bitter winter by sheltering in an ice cave on Inexpressible Island. The men managed to survive by catching and killing wild animals such as seals and penguins.

Levick's notebook, which he left at a camp site in 1911, was discovered outside of a hut in the ice by conservationist specialists who had been visiting the area. Its pages contained notes about some of the photographs he had taken including dates and exposure details.

"It's an exciting find. The notebook is a missing part of the official expedition record," said Nigel Watson, executive director of the Antarctic Heritage Trust. "After spending seven years conserving Scott's last expedition building and collection, we are delighted to still be finding new artefacts."

Source: Tech Times | Comments (10)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by DieChecker 10 years ago
That is cool (pun). It was interesting that they sent it back to Antarctica after preservation. I guess if you have a digital copy, then you don't really need the real thing, so it can go a museum.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Eldorado 10 years ago
Aye.. good stuff. Any of you guys ever really struggled to understand old diaries, jounals, notebooks of your very own?
Comment icon #3 Posted by spud the mackem 10 years ago
Priceless, it will be worth a read.
Comment icon #4 Posted by highdesert50 10 years ago
Interesting to speculate on current technology vs. the technology of that era. Paper and associated photographs have survived for a century and are still interpretable. How well will our current information recording methods prevail given the century test?
Comment icon #5 Posted by back to earth 10 years ago
Being a southerner I am very interested in the explorations there. What a history ! They tried taking old motorcars there ... horses ( what ! ? ) .. then things got a bit more modern Ooopsa ... Then there was the amazing stories of the Mawson expedition and what happened and how they dealt with it . Imagine being in Antarctica back then and realising your lifeline back was The most amazing part was how they split into two groups to reach a destination. Both got lost and somehow ran into each other in the vast wilderness ... they thought they had discovered native Antarcticans in strange garb (... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by back to earth 10 years ago
Interesting to speculate on current technology vs. the technology of that era. Paper and associated photographs have survived for a century and are still interpretable. Off we go ... to here ... Also some original vids http://aso.gov.au/titles/documentaries/home-blizzard/
Comment icon #7 Posted by spud the mackem 10 years ago
Off we go ... to here ... Also some original vids http://aso.gov.au/titles/documentaries/home-blizzard/ Geez me feet's freezing, I got them wet pushing the boat out.
Comment icon #8 Posted by back to earth 10 years ago
Off we go ... to here ... ETA oops! Wrong map! of dear THIS ONE Also some original vids http://aso.gov.au/titles/documentaries/home-blizzard/
Comment icon #9 Posted by back to earth 10 years ago
Sorry about that - they went to South Georgia Island by row / sail boat. " Elephant Island was a remote and largely unvisited spot and Shackleton soon realised that their survival was dependent on summoning help. Adapting one of the lifeboats, Shackleton accompanied by Frank Worsley, Tom Crean, Harry McNish, John Vincent and Timothy McCarthy decided to set out for the whaling stations on South Georgia, nearly 1,300 kilometres across the Southern Ocean. On 24 April 1916, Shackleton and his team set out on their epic journey, leaving Frank Wild in charge of the Elephant Island party. Battling th... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by back to earth 10 years ago
Phew! ... we made it ... now where is that whaling station ... what ... on the otherside ! I say chaps ... anyone up for some hiking ?


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