21 – Mawson: Antarctic Exploration Pt 1

Australia’s first formal expedition to Antarctica in 1911, the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was led by Douglas Mawson, a geologist from Adelaide University.  This episode we’ll look at what brought Mawson to the Antarctic, and at the earlier British expeditions that helped scaffold Mawson’s later venture. 

The following episodes will focus on Mawson’s first trip South with Shackleton and then look in detail at the Australasian Antarctic Expedition itself.

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Algae on the ice at Pleneau Island. Stephen Powell
Scott (BBC)
Douglas Mawson

REFERENCE LIST – Episode 21 – Mawson

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Arctic ice pack (Wikipedia). (2019).   Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_ice_pack

Australian Antarctic Division. Antarctic claims map.   Retrieved from http://www.antarctica.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/179883/Antarctic-Territorial-Claims-map-13111_300dpi.pdf

Australian Antarctic Division. Who owns Antarctica?   Retrieved from http://www.antarctica.gov.au/about-antarctica/people-in-antarctica/who-owns-antarctica

Australian Antarctic Division. People in Antarctica: Health.   Retrieved from http://www.antarctica.gov.au/about-antarctica/people-in-antarctica/health

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Russian Researcher Charged With Attempted Murder In Antarctica [Smithsonian.com]. (2018). Smithsonian.com [SmartNews].  Retrieved from https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russian-faces-antarctica-attempted-murder-charge-180970632/