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South Polar Chart, Shewing [sic] the Discoveries and Track of H.M.S. 'Erebus' and 'Terror' During the Years 1840-43
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  • South Polar Chart, Shewing [sic] the Discoveries and Track of H.M.S. 'Erebus' and 'Terror' During the Years 1840-43, 1847
  • A Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic Regions, During the Years 1839-43
  • engraving
  • Department of Special Collections, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, Ellis Omnia C962
  • Not on display
  • EL2009.009
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
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"Climate Change at the Poles," Jan-2009, Kate Meyer, Jennifer Talbot, and Angela Watts
British explorer James Clark Ross (1800-1862) traveled to both the Arctic and the Antarctic. His Antarctic expedition utilized the HMS Erebus and Terror, special thick-hulled vessels outfitted with mortars rather than cannons. This technology proved effective for bombarding a fixed position in wartime but also breaking through ice. Ross charted a great deal of the Antarctic coastline, which begins to emerge as we look at this map. In contrast to the approximations that characterize earlier maps of Terra Australis, Ross’s map only accounts for confirmed and accurate data.