Meredith Hooper introduces Antarctica and the Endurance
Antarctica is the coldest place on earth. A vast ice-covered continent surrounded by ice-covered ocean. Mountains with only their bare rocky peaks poking up above the snow. No trees, no bushes grow here. Penguins arrive on shore to lay their eggs and raise their chicks. Deep-diving elephant seals scratch their skins, resting on the rocks.
No humans had ever set foot on Antarctica until 200 years ago. Then - 100 years ago - the explorer Ernest Shackleton decided to be the first human to cross Antarctica from one side to the other. Shackleton sailed south towards Antarctica with 27 companions in his ice-strengthened wooden ship Endurance. Pushing through the ice-covered ocean until - in January 1915 - the ice closed in. Held the ship tight.
Shackleton and his men were trapped, drifting where the ice took them.
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