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Mr. Borchgrevink's Antarctic Expedition1

Nature volume 63, pages 468470 (14 March 1901) | Download Citation



MR. BORCHGREVINK succeeded in an enterprise of which he may be justly proud. Unknown and without external influence, by the force of his immense ambition and determination, he obtained the support of a man of great wealth, and unaided, if also untrammelled, by Government, learned societies or committees of any kind, he equipped an expedition, selected a scientific staff, spent a winter on land in the Antarctic regions for the first time in history, and made his way to a point nearer the South Pole than had ever been reached before. For doing this he deserves praise and honour. With his motives we have no concern o they appear to have been partly commercial and partly scientific, but in these columns we can only treat the expedition from a purely scientific point of view, forming our opinions from the facts placed before us in the book.

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