Discovering South Pole. One Hundred Years Later

If you’re planning a trip to Genoa or you’re there now on holiday, don’t miss the chance to visit an extraordinary exhibition about the discovery of South Pole that took place one hundred years ago.

“Race. Alla conquista del polo sud” (“Conquering the South Pole”) is the exhibition held by the American Museum of Natural History of New York at Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, Liguria.

Until 18th March 2012, you will have the chance to marvel at many photographs, paintings, maps, short movies, rare historical artifacts from expeditions, clothing and equipment used by both crews during their journeys. Protagonists of both past and present in the history of South Pole discovery ‘till nowadays.

Such a great exhibition, which will have many other stops in Europe, wants to pay homage to the 100th anniversary after the discovery of this land, 100 years after the challenge between Scott and Amundsen.

The exhibition themes are the following:

1. Introduction. The mean annual temperature at the South Pole is –49°C (–56°F), an environment so harsh that a small misstep can spell disaster. a century ago the margin of safety was even smaller.

2. First Glimpses. From the time of the early Greeks, people proposed the existence of a southern continent, perhaps habitable, perhaps a howling wasteland. Two hundred and fifty years ago men began braving the world’s roughest waters to see for themselves.

3. The Race Begins. As the exploration of Antarctica captured the imagination of the British public, they clamored for Naval officer Robert Falcon Scott to claim the final frontier: the South Pole. At the same time, but in secret, veteran Arctic explorer Roald Amundsen set his sights on the prize for his native Norway.

4. Two Teams, One Goal. In January, 1911, the two parties set up very different base camps on opposite edges of the Ross Ice Shelf. There they spent ten months — four in utter darkness — and planned their trips to the Pole.

5. To the Pole!  The austral summer (December to March) with its long days and somewhat warmer temperatures, was the only window for the grueling round-trip journey of 2,900 kilometers (1,800 mi). The explorers knew that every hour would count.

6. Back From the Pole. After reaching the Pole on December 14th 1911, one team hurried back to base camp. In contrast, the other team took a full month longer to reach their goal. Exhausted and starving, the men were still struggling back as the light began to dim and the weather to turn bitter cold.

7. Antarctica Today. Forty-eight nations are parties to the Antarctic Treaty agreeing to peaceful, scientific exploration of the continent.

In addition, at this exhibition, visitors will also have the opportunity to admire many fantastic shots thanks to the presence of National Geographic, which presents a gallery of pictures took by the greatest naturalist photographers in the world.

At the end of the exhibition, you’ll see a striking interactive video installation entitles “The Last Border”, which will lead visitors in the rare atmosphere of the largest ice lands on Earth.

You can watch and take part in the following special events:

14th March 2012, 5:45 pm
Francesco Cavalli Sforza, Biological and Environmental Changes

22nd March 2012, 9:00 pm
Home. Our Earth
Screening of the documentary film created by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and produced by Luc Besson.

In addition, many other special guided tours and conferences.

Don’t miss such a fabulous exhibition in Genoa.

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