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Navigational Chart of the Antarctic
  • American Geographical Society
  • Navigational Chart of the Antarctic, 1928
  • lithograph
  • T. R. Smith Map Collection, Anschutz Library, The University of Kansas Libraries
  • Not on display
  • EL2008.044
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Climate Change at the Poles," Jan-2009, Kate Meyer, Jennifer Talbot, and Angela Watts
Attempts were made to use airplanes in Antarctica as early as 1925 but were unsuccessful until 1928 when Australian Hubert Wilkins (1888-1958) flew over part of the continent. In 1929 American explorer Richard Byrd (1888-1957) successfully flew to the South Pole from a base his expedition had established on the Ross Ice Shelf. The publication of this navigational map in 1928 by the American Geographical Society was infinitely more likely to serve as propaganda for these popular
adventurers rather than as a practical tool for plotting a flight to Antarctica.