Antarctica - Ross Sea (Chapter)
This is the Ross Sea chapter from Lonely Planet’s Antarctica guidebook.
The explorers of the Heroic Age who sailed the Ross Sea region’s ice-choked waters gained a crucial foothold here for exploration of the interior. Around the Ross Sea, Antarctica’s richest historic heritage is on full display. Most stirring of all are Scott’s and Shackleton’s wooden huts left behind on Ross Island.Antarctica’s largest modern-day outpost, McMurdo Station, sits alongside diminutive, eco-friendly Scott Base, but the region’s scree-covered shores and enormous Ross Ice Shelf are mostly the domain of Weddell seals and Adélie and emperor penguins. The steaming volcano, Mt Erebus, and the mysterious and otherworldly Dry Valleys are two additional prizes won by travelers persistent and fortunate enough to reach this relatively remote part of Antarctica.
- feel the chill of the ghosts of the polar party who never returned to Scott’s Terra Nova Hut
- puzzle over fantastic natural wind-sculptures in the Dry Valleys
- Watch steam drift lazily from the lava lake at Mt Erebus
Coverage includes: Cape Adare, Possession Islands, Cape Hallett, Cape Washington, Mt Melbourne, Terra Nova Bay, Drygalski Ice Tongue, Franklin Island, Nordenskjöld Ice Tongue, Dry Valleys, Ross Island, Ross Ice Shelf and Ross Ice Shelf.
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