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com Edition 56 This page may be photocopied for use with students Vol 1 No 13 January 14 2011 Exploring Antarctica For thousands of years people imagined the existence of Antarctica But it was the last of the seven continents discovered Early expl

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Name Date EADING A TI E LINE  2011 TIME For Kids, timeforkids.com , Edition 56. This page may be photocopied for use with students. Vol. 1, No. 13 January 14, 2011 Exploring Antarctica For thousands of years, people imagined the existence of Antarctica. But it was the last of the seven continents discovered. Early explorers set out to prove that it was there. Some wanted new places to hunt for seals and whales. Other explorers wanted the honor of being the first to reach the continent and different locations there. The time line below lists some famous Antarctic

explorations. Use it to answer the questions. Antarctic xplorations 1772 Captain James Cook of England circles ntarctica by ship. He never reaches land because of the heavy ice. 1820 Three men, from the nited States, ussia and England, lead trips to the area. They are known as the first people to see ntarctica. 1840 merican naval officer Charles Wilkes recognizes ntarctica as a continent. December 14, 1911 oald mundsen of Norway becomes the first person to reach the South Pole. January 18, 1912 obert Falcon Scott of England reaches the South Pole. On the return trip, Scott and his team members

freeze to death when they run into a terrible blizzard. His journals are later recovered. 19141916 Ernest Shackleton leads a British expedition on the Endurance. The ship is crushed by ice and destroyed. The team survives by drifting on ice masses for five months before being rescued. November 29, 1929 ear dmiral ichard E. Byrd, an merican, becomes the first person to fly over the South Pole. 1. Captain James Cook and his crew spent two years trying to reach Antarctica through thick ice, heavy fog and extreme cold. About how many years ago did they sail around the continent?

___________________________________________ 2. What happened on December 14, 1911? ________________ _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ 3. Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole about how long after Roald Amundsen? ___________________________ 4. Why do you think researchers continue to explore Antarctica and its unique environment? _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ BONUS: Early Antarctic explorers were men who came from a few countries. Todays

explorers include men and women from around the world. What are some of the same challenges that explorers continue to face? What tools and gear available today make exploring Antarctica easier? List your ideas on the back of this page. | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | 1750 1800 1850 1900