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In Snow and Ice—Researchers Reveal Century Old Journal in Antarctica

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In Snow and Ice—Researchers Reveal Century Old Journal in Antarctica
Posted: October 29, 2014

The Antarctic ice is host to very little life, yet often researchers find that beneath the frozen surface we find remnants and a record of our past. Core ice samples not only reveal atmospheric concentrations of particular molecules in ancient skies, giving us a view of how the Earth's climate has changed over eons even before the arrival of man, but also sometimes reveals a view of our own history on the icy sheet. This week, after more than a century since it was written and lost in a tragic expedition, the preserved journal of explorer George Murray Levick was found by researchers who recovered the photographic treasure from a casing made entirely of ice.

Part of the famous Terra Nova Expedition, led by British explorer Robert Scott in 1910-1913 which ended in the tragic death of the six party members, Levick was a zoologist, surgeon and photographer who documented the trip. Part of the northern expedition that travelled along the coast of Antarctica tasked with conducting scientific observational studies, Levick and his group famously survived the harsh winter after stranded in icy waters by taking shelter in an ice cave on Inexpressible Island. However, the diary recovered at the remnants of the buried Terra Nova base camp at Cape Evans documents the earlier days of their tale.

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