American Ingenuity

American Ingenuity

Two Americans inspired by tales of heroism in the age of exploration in Antarctica had a hand in ensuring that part of the continent’s early history will stand the test of time well into this century.

They were among 62 specialists – including five Americans – recruited from 11 countries to conserve a trio of expedition huts on Ross Island by the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust. The non-profit organization recently wrapped up a decade-long conservation effort on all three structures and more than 18,000 artifacts.

[See related article — Project complete: NZAHT finishes conservation of three historic huts in Antarctica.]

The huts were all built during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, which began at the end of the 19th century and ended in 1917 when the survivors from Shackleton’s failed Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition were rescued by the great polar explorer himself.

“The idea that Antarctica was the last frontier and so little was known about it in the early 1900s, and yet all these men went down there anyway not knowing what they were getting into and not necessarily expecting to come back is incredible,” said Harbeck, who spent six months in Antarctica during the 2010-11 austral summer.

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