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POLAR EXPLORATION.

RIVAL EXPEDITIONS

PROGRAMMES OUTLINED

(Per Press Association—Copyright.)

LONDON, February 28

Hen* Koenig's expedition will specially explore the country round Weddel Sea and Enderby Land. The party will sail on the steamer Oesterreich in June. A wireless station will be established on the island of South Georgia, and three sledging parties will be sent out towards the' Queen Maud Mountains (seen and named by Captain Amundsen), Graham.Land and Enderby Land, The Oesterreich > will remain in the bay which was found in the Ice Barrier by the German party of 1911, Avhile the headquarters of the party will be six miles inland. The expedition will make a stay of two; years, its main object being to discover the mutual relations . of the eastern, : and western sections of the Antarctic.

Sir Ernest Shackleton's party of explorers will leave Buenos Ayres in October next. The intention is to cross j the South Polar Continent from sea to sea—from 'the Weddel S^a ip- the Ross Sea. The first part bf'ili'e journey-^ that from the' Weddel Sea to the South Pole—will take the expedition over a tract of frozen country on which no man has ever looked. By the time the distance of 1700 statute miles has been covered, and the travellers emerge once more into the familiar world, they will have acquired a great deal of fresh knowledge. In order that this may be of the fullest and most exact character, Sir Ernest Shaokleton is taking with him trained biologists, geologists and physicists. The ships are to be equipped for \ sounding and dredging, and it is hoped to bring back live penguins and seals, which have not hitherto been taken from the I Antarctic regions.

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POLAR EXPLORATION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914

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POLAR EXPLORATION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914

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