We found this blog on the Economist's website really interesting. Here you can find out more about "house-mousing" and the sheer volume of clothing one man needs to wear down at the South Pole (polypropylene long underwear, fleece, heavy duty overals, another fleece, bootliners, boots, glove liners, wool mittens, facemask, goggles, hat, and the obligatory US Antarctic Programme down coat).
The journalist notes that "With winds that can exceed 300 kilometres per hour and average winter temperatures of -40 °C, Antarctica is the windiest, coldest, driest, and highest continent on Earth. At 14 million square kilometres, its landmass is bigger than the United States, though 98% of it is covered by a thick blanket of ice. This ice sheet comprises roughly 90% of the world's ice, locking up 70% of the planet's fresh water, and in some places is half a kilometre thick. Antarctica is also the emptiest continent. Just 4,000 people work there in the summer, and only 1,000 stay through the long, dark winter."
The journalist himself is stationed at the Scott Amundsen South Pole station with a selection of people looking at astrophysics, seismology and atmospheric sciences - it was at the South Pole for example that Charles Keeling in 1957 found 315 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, a year later he started his continuous observations in Hawaii that helped to show the continuous rise in greenhouse gasses that we have helped to create.
I'm sure that Professor Drewry the Vice Chancellor at Hull University, a key supporter of the Shackleton Centenary Expedition and the Shackleton Foundation, and the brains behind the research that we will conduct, would agree with the following sentiment: "Coming to the farthest reaches of the Earth helps scientists explore the farthest reaches of the universe."
This is why as Richard Nixon reaffirmed in 1970, Antarctica remains "the only continent where science serves as the principal expression of national policy and interest".
Click here for the Economist blog.
To sign up to receive daily emails about the Matrix Shackleton Centenary Expedition's progress please click here.
Get a capsule view of who we are, where we're going and why we're doing this by reading our brochure.
View our brochure (PDF 2.5mb)
Sir Ernest Shackleton is widely known as one of the most inspirational leaders of the twentieth century. The Shackleton Foundation is a new charitable trust.
Matrix Group are proud to be the Headline Sponsors of the Shackleton Centenary Expedition
The South Pole Gazette is a round-up of Antarctic news stories from around the web.
The SCE receives a small percentage of the price of all Antarctic and Shackleton books bought through the links listed below. Please note that buying through our UK Amazon affiliate account you are directly helping to sponsor the Expedition.
Please don't hesitate to get in touch with the SCE if you have any questions regarding our project, or if you would like to know more about how you can become a sponsor.
The Shackleton Centenary Expedition,
c/o The Lansdowne Club,
9 Fitzmaurice Place,
Email us at email@example.com
For press enquiries, please contact Mark Cooper at Van Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org
RSS feeds are a way of keeping up to date with your favourite websites by delivering fresh content to your desktop.
The SCE is a not-for-profit venture of the Shackleton Foundation.
All rights reserved © 2006 The Shackleton Centenary Expedition [SCE] except where noted.
Company No. 06107694, Charity No. 1118686.
The Shackleton Centenary Expedition, c/o The Lansdowne Club, 9 Fitzmaurice Place, London W1J 5JD
"Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all." - EHS 1909
Sponsored by Matrix