Surviving Antarctica

Ship sailing in Antarctic waters
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On August 8, 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set off on an expedition to conquer the last uncharted territory on Earth – a trek across the 1800 miles of ice that make up Antarctica. Aboard the Endurance were 28 men seeking adventure and fame. Six months later, they would find themselves trapped in the icy summer waters 100 miles from the Antarctic coast.

How did these same 28 men travel 800 miles through subzero temperatures, ice and snow back to civilization and live to tell the tale?

With photographs, illustrations, maps and diagrams, Spirit of Endurance gives a condensed account of the failed expedition, from leaving England with Queen Alexandra’s blessing to the rescue of the men from Elephant Island on August 30, 1916.

The Endurance Expedition offers a more indepth look at the life of Ernest Shackleton and the events that led up to the expedition, as well as information on how to survive in the Antarctic.

As the title implies, Ice Story: Shackleton's Lost Expedition gives an account of the events, including many of the photographs taken by the Endurance crew while they lived, worked and even played on the ice.

Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey’s graphic novel approach adds a dramatic effect to the retelling of this amazing survival journey.

And just for fun, try one of these Amazing Arctic & Antarctic Projects You Can Build Yourself to explore how you might survive in the coldest places on Earth -- surprisingly it's not Chicago!

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