Photographer’s 100-Year-Old Notebook Discovered in Antarctica After Snow Melts

A photographer’s notebook from over a century ago has been discovered in Antarctica. It belonged to British explorer and photographer George Murray Levick, who was part of Robert Falcon Scott’s last expedition to the continent from 1910 to 1913.

New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage Trust discovered the notebook outside the expedition base after summer snow melted, exposing the old expedition record.

The notebook is a “Wellcome Photographic Exposure Record and Dairy 1910,” and has Levick’s name clearly written across the front pages. The pages inside are packed with Levick’s photographic records, with various details about his shots jotted on its pages — things like dates, subjects, and exposure details.

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Antarctic Underwater Iceberg by kylefoto Sometimes a little forethought turns a concept into reality, a brief making of this photo:

Ever since I first found out I was really going to Antarctica, I’ve had this shot in mind. I didn’t know for sure that I would be presented the chance to do this but because the concept existed in my imaginary portfolio it was ever-present in my mind.

To prepare for this I made a small investment in an ewa-marine underwater housing, It’s essentially a waterproof bag that will fit anything roughly shaped like an SLR camera.

Months later I was driving a zodiac boat outside the Lemaire channel in Antarctica, when this somewhat small piece of ice was floating by me. My imaginary photo flashed before me as I positioned the zodiac just right for the shot. I leaned over the side of the zodiac dipping my camera and lens half into the water. The camera is on shutter priority mode, so I don’t have to worry about managing any settings on my “camera-in-a-bag” in the -1°C water. This being on an ultra wide-angle lens I zoomed out to 14mm (full frame equivalent 22mm) which allowed me to capture a wide enough angle to encompass both the immediate foreground and the background. The underwater part of the image loses a lot of light compared to the above water portion, I had to significantly brighten the water with the original raw image. I expected to get this shot after nearly a hundred tries, but as luck had it this was about the 7th shot I took. Needless to say after I retrieved my camera and rinsed the salt water off the housing I was delighted with the results, and I hope you are too!


photos by per andre hoffmann in antarctica of polar stratospheric clouds, so named because they form fifteen miles above the earth, a hight which, given the curvature of the planet, allows them to be illuminated after sunset by light reflected from below the horizon. 

where the stratosphere is usually much too high for water molecules to remain stable and form clouds, the temperature in the antarctic winter season drops to such an extent that what sparse water molecules are present in the upper atmosphere condense from the pressure drop, forming wide stretches of thin clouds.

unfortunately, these clouds also contain nitric acid, which reacts violently with chlorine released into the atmosphere by industrial processes elsewhere on the planet, causeng holes to form in the ozone layer.  (see also: ann hawthorne


SCIENCE NEWS! There’s life way, way below Antarctica — chilling out in a subglacial lake. Just a few weeks ago, a team of scientists confirmed that half a mile beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, a bunch of tiny, single-celled organisms are alive and well… in a lake boasting sub-zero temperatures and no access to sunlight. 

The discovery is groundbreaking, leading some to wonder if there might also be life on a similar place — Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons. 

John Priscu is one of the lead scientists behind the study. In a talk at TEDxBozeman, he explains what it’s like to be a scientist drilling though thousands of feet of ice while living in a tent in Antarctica. 

Watch the whole talk here»

Photos courtesy of NASA