IMMENSE CONTINENTAL AREA.
FORMERLY A !¥I!LD GLIMATE. THE PERILS OF EXPLORATION. ft MAMY HAieeREAOTH ■ ESGAPES. STARVATION, BIGKNESB AND FROSTBITE Full particulars are now available of the great work accomplished by the j South Pole expedition. It will be seen from the graphic narrative which wo publish to-day that the expedition has achieved results of the greatest importance at the cost of great privation, overcome by sheer pluck and endurance. Many hairbreadth escapes from sudden, death, were experienced by members of the party in the southward journey, but it was, apparently, on the return journey that the greatest peril was encountered, and the story so ably told \by Lieutenant Shackleton is full of exciting incident. The food supplies jirored inadequate, and the brave explorers, after having resorted to such expedients as pony meat, seal blubber, frozen blood dug out of the ice, finished up the return journey on starvation rations. The results of the expedition prora the existence of a great Antarctic Continent, extending , beyond tho South Pole, and probably onwards in the direction of South America. The discovery of minerals, such as coal and limestone, are taken to prove the existi enoe in some prehistoric time of a mild climate in the vicinity of the South and this circumstance by; itself is one of extreme importance.
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