On January 9, 1909, a polar exploration team led by Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton reached the farthest point south ever traveled by humans. This southern location was 88 degrees, 23 minutes south longitude, 162 degrees east latitude. The team was 97 nautical miles away from the South Pole, but the Antarctic weather was too severe for them to safely go on.
The Nimrod Expedition, named after Shackleton’s ship, was one of several trips made by explorers during the “race to the pole.” A rival expedition led by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, would reach the South Pole only three years later. These Antarctic explorers mapped the last unexplored continent. They also made important discoveries about the plants and animals living in this remote region. Today, Antarctica is regularly visited by cruise ships and is home to international research stations that provide us with important data about global climate change.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry climate change Noun
gradual changes in all the interconnected weather elements on our planet.
Encyclopedic Entry: climate change continent Noun
one of the seven main land masses on Earth.
Encyclopedic Entry: continent cruise ship Noun
vessel transporting tourists on a trip.
data Plural Noun
(singular: datum) information collected during a scientific study.
study and investigation of unknown places, concepts, or issues.
person who studies unknown areas.
distance north or south of the Equator, measured in degrees.
Encyclopedic Entry: latitude longitude Noun
distance east or west of the prime meridian, measured in degrees.
Encyclopedic Entry: longitude polar Adjective
having to do with the North and/or South Pole.
distant or far away.
research station Noun
structure or structures built for scientific study of the surrounding region, possibly including residential and lab facilities.
South Pole Noun
fixed point that, along with the North Pole, forms the axis on which the Earth spins.
Encyclopedic Entry: South Pole weather Noun
state of the atmosphere, including temperature, atmospheric pressure, wind, humidity, precipitation, and cloudiness.
Encyclopedic Entry: weather