The Sea of Ice by Caspar David Friedrich (via BLDGBLOG: Offworld Glaciology)

More photos from Herbert Ponting and the British Antarctic Expedition.

Grotto in an iceberg, photographed during the British Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1913, 5 Jan 1911 (by National Library NZ on The Commons)


Happy World Penguin Day! For more penguin cartoons:

For those who don’t know Ben Saunders, he skied solo to the north pole last year, and later this fall he’ll be embarking on a return journey from the south pole on foot. From his website: Scott 2012 will be the longest unsupported polar journey in history and the first completion of Captain Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova expedition.


One of the Terra Nova Expedition’s stoves. I feel like a kid in a sweet shop. (Taken with instagram)

(via Russia Issues Tenders to Design New Ships and Equipment for the Arctic | Foreign Policy Blogs)

My good friend Mia wrote a blog post over on the Foreign Policy Blogs Network on Russia’s plans for new arctic ship designs. We are currently in a very different age of polar exploration.

(via A Different Kind of Dinner Bell in the Antarctic | Food & Think)

There’s an article on the Smithsonian’s Food & Think blog (linked above) and on Edible Geography (where I found said article) about Frederick Cook’s finding that eating penguins prevented scurvy in his crew.

(via Up Front -

They also published an article on Sara Wheeler’s new book “No Surrender”. It has nothing to do with polar exploration, but if you’re one of Wheeler’s fans like I am, you may enjoy this news.

(via The Ice Balloon - S. A. Andrée and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration - By Alec Wilkinson - Book Review -

The New York Times Book Review published an article on Friday on a new book about S.A. Andrees balloon expedition. (Reviewed by the famed Sara Wheeler)

"The aurora australis provides a dramatic backdrop to a Scott Tent at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station on July 14, 2009. (National Science Foundation/Patrick Cullis)”

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