Interactive Map of Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914–17



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This documentary, in the form of a Google Map, enables you to follow Ernest Shackleton's troubled 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Unlike most maps, this map enables you to digitally experience the expedition and zoom in close on each location while you read various content online. Here you can zoom in on the actual locations were they survived on moving ice floes and an uninhabited island after their ship was crushed in ice and sank; and see where they traveled 800 miles across the stormy South Ocean in a life-boat.

Please note: In satellite mode, the ship symbols in the lower right-hand corner appear to be on land; even though they are at their correct coordinate locations. However, the ship is actually 20 miles or more off the coast. If you switch to terrain mode you will discover that what appears to be land is actually drifting ice that has surrounded the ship. This block of ice locks the ship in place and moves the ship to other locations as it continues to drift, until the ice becomes so inflexible that it crushes the ship's hull, forcing the crew to abandon ship.

Also note: Those "life-boat" symbols and "tent on ice floe" symbols are actual locations you can click on for more information.

The locations and coordinates were obtained from the following sources:



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#16 - The Endurance sinks.

Book: South! The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition 1914-1917, by Sir Ernest Shackleton

Chapter  4 - “Then came a fateful day—Wednesday, October 27. The position was lat. 69° 5´ S., long. 51° 30´ W. The temperature was —8.5° Fahr., a gentle southerly breeze was blowing and the sun shone in a clear sky."

“After long months of ceaseless anxiety and strain, after times when hope beat high and times when the outlook was black indeed, the end of the Endurance has come. But though we have been compelled to abandon the ship, which is crushed beyond all hope of ever being righted, we are alive and well, and we have stores and equipment for the task that lies before us. The task is to reach land with all the members of the Expedition.”



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Digitally walk this expedition in a Google Earth KML file.


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How well Shackleton's Imperial Antarctic Expedition
matches up with the Brine and Thermohaline Circulation.
(Blue line is the Deep Current, the Red line is the Surface Current,
and the Yellow line is the Brine Current.)

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Antarctic Ice Cap: Catlin Arctic Survey




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