Terra Nova Antarctic exploration, 1911

Terra Nova Antarctic exploration, 1911

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Terra Nova Antarctic exploration. Expedition member holding a pick axe after climbing to the summit of an iceberg named the Matterhorn Berg. He is part of the British Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913). Also known as the Terra Nova Expedition, the primary expedition objectives were scientific. Led by Robert Falcon Scott, the shore party of 34 spent two seasons exploring on and around the Ross Ice Shelf. Scott led a polar party southwards in November 1911 in an attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole. He and four others died in 1912 on the return journey. Photographed on 8 October 1911 by Herbert George Ponting.

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