Antarctic History

Reference to historical events associated with Antarctica offers a novel, interesting and exciting platform for specific issues ranging from the extreme nature of the physical environment (climate or geology, for example) to the need for environmental protection (pollution or whaling, for example). A substantial summary of early Antarctic history is provided by Harrowfield (1990).

Early History

The Exploratory Age (1772-1894)

The Heroic Age (1895-1915)


The cross erected on Hut Point (Ross Island) in memory of George Vince.





   Scott's hut at Cape Evans.



The Mechanical Age (1916-1954)


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