Traveling Brew: The Coldest Brew – Tonx Aeropress Prep in Antarctica

Great coffee shouldn’t be dictated by geography. By David Hochman I’ve been known to go the extra mile for a great cup of coffee. This week, I went to the farthest ends of the earth for one. Onboard Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Explorer and with an assist from the folks at Tonx Coffee in Los Angeles, I enjoyed the finest[…]

On Thin Ice: A History of Antarctica

The name Antarctica comes from the Greek antarktikos, meaning “opposite to the Arctic.” Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction Antarctica is Earth’s southernmost continent, overlying the South Pole. Situated in the southern hemisphere and largely south of the Antarctic Circle, Antarctica is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. At 14.4 million km², it is the fifth-largest continent in area after[…]

A Brief History of Exploration of Antarctica

The timeline of discovering Antarctica and the ‘race’ to the South Pole, from first sighting to Scott, Amundsen, Shackleton and more. January 1773: Captain James Cook becomes the first recorded navigator to cross the Antarctic Circle. Discover more about James Cook’s voyage to the Antarctic Circle January 1820: Antarctica is first sighted. The first person to actually see[…]

New Dinosaur Relative Was ‘King’ of Antarctica

The discovery of a new species related to dinosaurs, an iguana-sized reptile whose genus name, Antarctanax, means “Antarctic king.” Introduction Antarctica wasn’t always a frozen wasteland. About 250 million years ago, it was covered in forests and rivers, and the temperature rarely dipped below freezing. It was also home to diverse wildlife, including early relatives[…]

Examining the Fossil Record and Prehistoric Life in Antarctica

It is clear that a major extinction event occurred around Antarctica in the period 2–3 million years ago. Introduction Life has been on earth for about 3.5 billion years. Until about 575 million years ago, all life was microscopic plant life. Before that time, life in the Antarctic was very different from the way it[…]

Captain Scott and His Ill-Fated Terra Nova Expedition

Exploring the role that the iconic visual record has played in keeping the legend alive. This article, Captain Scott and His Ill-Fated Terra Nova Expedition, was originally published in The Public Domain Review under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0. If you wish to reuse it please see: Why are some historical figures remembered, while others are[…]