This acrylic painting shows the palaeo-environmental conditions that could be reconstructed for the drilling area. The painting was created on the basis of the diverse scientific evidence being obtained from the MeBo drill core PS104_20-2. (Courtesy of James McKay/Alfred-Wegener-Institut under Creative Commons licence CC-BY 4.0)

The lush forests of … Antarctica?

A discovery that shows life 90 million years ago near the South Pole may also point to what lies ahead

The Canadian North is the least defended territory on earth

Never mind the Amazon, or even the Antarctic. Northern Canada is the global epitome of undefended territory.

Jean McNeil’s stunning memoir of home, family and Antarctica

McNeil recalls her days as writer-in-residence with the British Antarctic Survey

Afghanistan vet Chris Downey on trekking to the Pole with Prince Harry

‘Why wouldn’t I want to walk 300 km at minus 50 pulling my own sled? That sounds like a good time to me’

Robert Murray Heath

He’d spent his life flying around the world—he even married his wife on a flight

Southern food is so hot right now. What’s next? Antarctica?

Isn’t it time for local cuisine to emerge from the south polar region?


The Falcon and the snowman

It is exciting to see the octogenarian Roland Huntford fighting back against the three decades of revisionism and carping that followed upon the publication of his 1979 book Scott and Amundsen. The book may be more familiar as The Last Place on Earth, which is the title it was given after a mini-series by that name was produced from it. When Scott and Amundsen was published, in the face of threats from imperial nostalgiacs and family members of Robert Falcon Scott, it was seen as the final nail in the coffin of Scott’s reputation.


100-year-old scotch, on ice

Five crates of Mackinlay’s and two cases of brandy were found in 2006, buried in the Antarctic