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Antarctic Thaw Reveals Century-old Notebook
October 30, 2014

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Thawing ice and snow in Antarctica have revealed yet another century-old artifact, this one a notebook from the expedition of Robert Falcon Scott.

The notebook belonged not to Scott but to George Levick, who was both a surgeon and a photographer. In the notebook, Levick kept notes about he photographs he had taken at Cape Adare, in 1911, photos that are now in the Scott Polar Research Institute.

Scott and a large party of men attempted to reach the South Pole in 1910-1912. Levick was not with Scott when the latter died on a return journey from the South Pole in 1912. Levick and five other men, called the Northern Party, had spent the summer at Cape Adare and waited out the winter in a snow cave before ending up at Cape Evans.

The notebook turned up at Cape Evans base in 1913, according to the Antarctic Heritage Trust. Binding on the notebook had wasted away, but the pages inside were still there, if stuck together. A painstaking restoration ensued, including using remnants of the cover to sew the pages back together.

The notebook is now in a collection of 11,000 artifacts at Cape Evans.

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