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The Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013-2014

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Published on Aug 29, 2013

If you would like to join us on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013-2014 or simply learn more, please visit the website http://www.spiritofmawson.com.

2013-2014 marks the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by the great scientist and explorer Sir Douglas Mawson. But much of what we remember from this time is the triumph of the Norwegian Roald Amundsen over the British-led efforts of Robert Falcon Scott to reach the South Geographic Pole. During this incredible time at the very height of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, the public were kept enthralled as the limits of our planet were pushed all the way south and the door to Antarctica flung wide open. Using a mixture of books, articles, lecture tours and films, Mawson and the Antarctic explorers of the time fed a public hungry to learn more of this unique land.

To mark this special centenary, we will be leading a privately-funded voyage of discovery to the Antarctic during the Austral summer of 2013-2014.

Taking a team of 48 women and men south, the new Australasian Antarctic Expedition (the AAE) will retrace the route of its namesake to undertake a major research programme led by the science team and assisted by the public members on the expedition. We want to discover just how much has changed over the last hundred years.

The region is difficult to reach and remains a 'blank' on the scientific map. With an ice-strengthened vessel, the team will set out to repeat many of the same measurements made by Mawson and his team in the Southern Ocean, the subantarctic islands and Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica.

During our time in the field, expedition members will use the full range of media available, including Google+ Hangouts on Air, Twitter, blogs and YouTube to take the public into the Antarctic field virtually.

The AAE 2013-2014 will truly be in the 'Spirit of Mawson'.

You can learn more about the Heroic Era of Antarctic Exploration in Chris Turney's '1912: The Year The World Discovered Antarctica' (http://textpublishing.com.au/books-an...).

Many thanks to Elaine Nipper for the wonderful drawing of the AAE logo (http://www.elainenipper.co.uk).

You can see more footage from the Home of the Blizzard at the National Film and Sound Archive at http://aso.gov.au/titles/documentarie...

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