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100-Year-Old Negatives Found Buried In Antarctica — And The Developed Photos Are Beautiful

Written by Vanessa Hojda
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Even today, Antarctica captivates the imagination of the world. That cold and unconquerable continent has been the resting place of many explorers who hoped to be the first ones to trace its map. Some of the most famous people who abandoned all of the comforts of their homes to explore the coldest part of the world include:

  • Captain James Cook
  • Roald Amundsen
  • Richard Byrd
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We often have to imagine what they looked like, and use their journals to paint a picture of what the landscape looked like when they set foot on the icy landscape.

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But recently, the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust found a set of negatives from Captain Robert Falcon’s failed expedition in 1912, making this one of the most remarkable discoveries in history.

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The Trust conservators found a box of 22 unexposed negatives, frozen in a block of ice for nearly one hundred years. According to the team, the photos were taken by the Ross Sea Party while they worked alongside Ernest Shackleton on his mission to cross the arctic continent.

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The story of Shackleton begins when the explorer and his crew set out to cross Antarctica, an expedition that no one had been able to complete.

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The plan was to split the team into two crews, one led by Shackleton and one called the Ross Sea Party. They were to meet at some point halfway through the expedition, but the outcome was much different from that.

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The crew’s ship eventually blew out to sea, leaving them stranded on a hut in the middle of Ross Island. They faced a blizzard, and a shortage of supplies that forced them to eat their dogs.

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