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PHOTOS: Antarctic "Time Capsule" Hut Revealed
nationalgeographic ^ | January 11, 2010 | Ker Than

Posted on 01/13/2010 2:23:40 PM PST by JoeProBono

Nearly a century after Capt. Robert Falcon Scott explored the southern continent, experts are working to save the British explorer's wooden hut (pictured on Ross Island, Antarctica, in August 2006) and three others in the area from slipping under the snow forever.

The sanctuary measures 50 feet (15 meters) long and 25 feet (7.6 meters) wide and was built to house up to 33 men.

Scott and his crew stayed at the hut before their ill-fated Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole in January 1912. Scott and four others died after being beaten to the pole by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen.

"Had we lived," Scott wrote in March 1912 in a message found with his body, "I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman.”

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TOPICS: Outdoors
KEYWORDS: antarctic; jpb; ketchup; robertfalconscott

Capt. Robert Falcon Scott

Like other Antarctic explorers, Scott brought more food than he would actually need. Some of the food items left behind are still staples today, such as the Heinz ketchup and relish pictured above.


1 posted on 01/13/2010 2:23:43 PM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

there’s too much snow going on!


2 posted on 01/13/2010 2:26:44 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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3 posted on 01/13/2010 2:31:02 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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4 posted on 01/13/2010 2:34:18 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: JoeProBono

There’s a museum in Christchurch New Zealand that has an awesome polar exploration exhibit. Perhaps they could dismantle the huts and turn them over to the museum for preservation?


5 posted on 01/13/2010 2:34:22 PM PST by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: JoeProBono

Poor ba*tard. Talk about a suicide mission. They could shoot a good movie there with Kurt Russell and John Carpenter directing.


6 posted on 01/13/2010 2:35:55 PM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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7 posted on 01/13/2010 2:38:18 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: GeronL

That’s neat looking. What is it?


8 posted on 01/13/2010 2:39:42 PM PST by OB1kNOb (Q: What's the difference between Obama and his dog, Bo? A: Bo has papers.)
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To: randog

9 posted on 01/13/2010 2:40:51 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Frantzie
The 1948 film Scott of the Antarctic, starring John Mills is actually rather gripping. It even features a film score by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
10 posted on 01/13/2010 2:42:06 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Sans-Culotte

They showed that on Turner Classics about a month ago. Very well made and interesting.


11 posted on 01/13/2010 2:45:52 PM PST by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: OB1kNOb

Its an Igloo shelter or cabin or something. Comes in about 8 pieces.


12 posted on 01/13/2010 2:47:07 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: JoeProBono

Great film.


13 posted on 01/13/2010 2:47:25 PM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: GeronL

Want! What is?


14 posted on 01/13/2010 2:47:48 PM PST by ExGeeEye (P.U.M.A.--BC/BG!)
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To: Sans-Culotte

http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/entertainment/watch/v1576001R2EmhmZ9


15 posted on 01/13/2010 2:49:22 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: GeronL

o, i c.


16 posted on 01/13/2010 2:49:22 PM PST by ExGeeEye (P.U.M.A.--BC/BG!)
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To: GeronL
Actually called Igloo Satellite Cabins. Very interesting idea.

http://www.thedesignblog.org/entry/igloo-satellite-cabin-is-cut-out-for-harsh-environs/

17 posted on 01/13/2010 2:49:42 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: ExGeeEye

google this:
Igloo Satellite Cabin


18 posted on 01/13/2010 2:51:28 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: GeronL

I want. Expensive?


19 posted on 01/13/2010 2:51:32 PM PST by OB1kNOb (Q: What's the difference between Obama and his dog, Bo? A: Bo has papers.)
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To: OB1kNOb

I have no idea. I don’t even know where to look.


20 posted on 01/13/2010 2:55:20 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: JoeProBono

But with Global Warming, shouldn’t the ice and snow around it be disappearing?

Nevermind. If it were disappearing, the headline would read that they have to save its pristine, snow-bound position.


21 posted on 01/13/2010 2:57:23 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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22 posted on 01/13/2010 3:01:32 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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23 posted on 01/13/2010 3:15:16 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: GeronL; OB1kNOb
Here is a small article on the satellite cabin. About $8,500.
24 posted on 01/13/2010 3:20:44 PM PST by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: 6SJ7
More than I would think. But you can pull it on a sled with a snowmobile.


25 posted on 01/13/2010 3:27:28 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: JoeProBono
That shotgun up in the right hand corner is an Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works Champion model. I have one just like it that I converted over to my "truck gun" by cutting the barrel to 18.25 inches, recrowning the barrel, adding a new bead sight and adding an ammo cuff on the stock.

My little boy refers to it as my "zombie killer" shotgun.
1902 Champion

I carry it everywhere I go in the truck - legal for Handgun Carry Permit holders in Tennessee provided no round is in the chamber. So... The first round is 4 inches away from the chamber, sitting in the cup holder, and rounds 2-7 are on the stock.

I am going to have to check out the movie Scott of the Antarctic... Sounds like a good one.

Regards,
Raven6

26 posted on 01/13/2010 3:45:51 PM PST by Raven6 (The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either.)
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27 posted on 01/13/2010 3:54:37 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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Self ping


28 posted on 01/13/2010 3:56:19 PM PST by Professional Engineer (It's too cold to care about Algore's carbon credits. I'm using treehuggers as home heating fuel.)
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29 posted on 01/13/2010 5:04:46 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Sans-Culotte
The 1948 film Scott of the Antarctic, starring John Mills is actually rather gripping.

It's a rather santized version of what happened, which was a clusterf*** of major dimensions. Scott's idiotic decision to rely on horses, which promptly died, and man-hauling instead of dogs was just the start of it. But the Brits, in their usual fashion, turned him into a martyred hero.

A 1985 British miniseries, "The Last Place on Earth" tells the story more accurately.

Still, I like to pull out my copy of Scott's diaries on blizzardy days and read the last couple of sections. The last words in the diary are, "It seems a pity but I do not think I can write any more. For God's sake look after our people." And whenever I have to go out in real cold, I quote Captain Oates, "I'm just going outside now and I may be some time."

My wife, of course, has no idea what I'm talking about.

30 posted on 01/13/2010 5:26:20 PM PST by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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Norman Vaughan who accompanied Byrd as the dog trainer and driver claims in his book, "With Byrd at the Bottom of the World," that Scott did not understand the importance of dogs to an expedition.

It amazes me that these men were able to survive at all, for years on end, with primitive equipment, on raw courage.


31 posted on 01/13/2010 6:00:01 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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Yes and no. I think they were more than a little insane to put themselves in that position. Very tragic.

They had no dogs? Did they walk? Poor ba*tards.


32 posted on 01/13/2010 6:56:43 PM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: JoeProBono

OK... wait a sec, this can’t be true. Global warming is supposed to be reducing the snow/ice levels at the poles.... so this hut shouldn’t be disappearing into the snow drifts.


33 posted on 01/13/2010 7:25:59 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: JoeProBono

“Had we lived,” Scott wrote in March 1912 in a message found with his body, “I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman.”

Another great Antarctic explorer: Ernest Shackleton led the ill-fated Endurance Expedition around 1915-1916.

He was a “leader’s leader” and a first-rate, tough explorer. His men suffered incredible hardship.


34 posted on 01/13/2010 7:43:51 PM PST by Edgewood Pilot
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Scott's idiotic decision to rely on horses, which promptly died, and man-hauling instead of dogs was just the start of it.

I thought the 1948 film actually made Scott look wrong all along with he decision to use the ponies. When they get to Amundsen's flag and see the paw prints of the dogs, it is apparent that Scott had FUBAR'd. I thought John Mills as Scott came of like the stereotyped stiff upper-lip Briton who though he could brass his way through anything.

I never saw Scott as a martyred hero when I saw the film, but rather a fool who died a brave death. The Last Place on Earth sounds like a more in depth version. I will check that one out.

35 posted on 01/13/2010 9:15:15 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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36 posted on 01/14/2010 4:06:12 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

No way this compound could get engulfed by ice because algore said the ice shelves were melting. /s


37 posted on 01/14/2010 4:40:21 AM PST by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: Edgewood Pilot


38 posted on 01/14/2010 4:44:29 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: 6SJ7

Love that link! Bookmarking it.


39 posted on 01/14/2010 4:51:08 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: JoeProBono

Heartfelt thanks. ;)


40 posted on 01/14/2010 5:00:07 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Sans-Culotte
The expedition journals were heavily edited by his wife and others before they were released for public consumption, removing a lot of material that made Scott look bad, including some nasty comments about the men under him, particularly his number twos, of whom he seemed to be jealous. That became the official version until the 1960s, when researchers were finally allowed to look at the original manuscripts.

Other journals from the expedition began to become public, including Oates', in which he said, ""Myself, I dislike Scott intensely and would chuck the whole thing if it were not that we are a British expedition....He [Scott] is not straight, it is himself first, the rest nowhere..." A series of books came out after that criticizing Scott. In the last few years, the pendulum has begun to swing the other way, with defenses of Scott appearing. Most significantly, the role of the weather being particularly bad has been seen as a critical factor.

Still, besides the dog thing, there was the fact that Scott decided, at the last minute, to make the polar dash with five men instead of the four that had been planned for, disrupting the supply arrangements, particularly fuel, since it now took 20% more to cook everything. His insistence, against advice, on taking Evans, who probably wasn't up to the expedition and who was the first to die on the return, slowing them up, was another factor. He also continued to drag 60 pounds of rock samples, even after it was clear they were in a race for their lives.

Yet another factor was the fuel in the depots. The fact that fuel would be lost because of the leather washer on the cans had been noted by earlier expeditions. Amundsen knew this and had his fuel cans soldered shut. Scott ignored it and found less fuel than planned at his depots. Being low on fuel meant they couldn't melt as much water as they needed to stay hydrated.

Scott wasn't as careful in making his return route easy to follow, either. Amundsen had food cans painted black and dropped one every mile. Scott wasted time on a few occasions trying to find the path to the next depot. Scott hired a ski instructor for his men, but then didn't make them learn how to do it. This list goes on and on.

The other part of the story is that Scott's death was used to tarnish Amundsen, as if what he'd done in using the dogs was somehow unfair. He actually resigned from one explorer's club when the club president proposed a toast to the dogs.

41 posted on 01/14/2010 9:32:31 AM PST by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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I have added The Last Place on Earth to my Netflix queue. I hope I do not go snow-blind watching it.
42 posted on 01/14/2010 10:03:08 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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