But the artifacts left behind by the region's first pioneers shed light on the early days of Antarctic exploration. Scientists recently uncovered the 100-year-old notebook of one of the first people to endure a journey to the coldest place on Earth. The diary contained the pencil notes of British explorer George Murray Levick, a member of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott's doomed polar expedition, according to the Antarctic Heritage Trust in Christchurch, New Zealand.
"It's an exciting find," Nigel Watson, executive director of the Antarctic Heritage Trust, which has preserved and displayed the notebook, said in a statement. "The notebook is a missing part of the official expedition record .… We are delighted to still be finding new artifacts." While Levick ultimately survived his stint in Antarctica, many of his colleagues were not so lucky.
Levick left the notebook behind at his expedition's base camp at Cape Evans, where researchers found it outside of a hut during last year's summer melt. The diary detailed photographs Levick took in 1911 while at a camp in Cape Adare, a peninsula in Antarctica's Victoria Land region.