2008: The Germans grasping at the Antarctic

The Facts The history of German Antarctic research started at 1873 when Sir Edward Dolman on behalf of the newly founded German Society of Polar Research discovered new Antarctic routes with his ship “GRÖNLAND”. Dolman discovered the “Kaiser-Wilhelm-Inseln” at the western entrance of the Bismarck along the Biscoue Islands. Exploring the polar regions, the Germans were already at this time quite innovative, for the “GRÖNLAND” was the first steamship to see the Antarctic ice at all. Within the next 60 years 2 further expeditionary thrusts took place, and two complete expeditions were fulfilled, namely 1910 under Wilhem Filchner with his ship “DEUTSCHLAND“ and 1925 with the special designed polar expedition ship, the ” METEOR” under the command of Dr. Albert Merz. During the recent years before WWII the Germans claimed to hegemony about parts of Antarctica and the wished to possess an own base grew stronger. At this time […] Read More

2012: Oldest Civilization may be in Antarctica

by Vladimir Averianov Lots of surprises may be hidden under the Antarctic ice and are waiting to be discovered by humans The existence of the civilization in Antarctica started drawing the attention of professional historians after World War II. The hypothesis can be proven by medieval maps and the research of Western paleogeologists and glaciologists. In January 1820 the lieutenant of the Russian Imperial Fleet Mikhail Lazarev discovered a new continent. At the beginning of the 20th century, the famous Russian Brockhaus and Efron encyclopedic dictionary contained an article, according to which the continent was insufficiently and that there were no flora and fauna. Besides, the author mentioned the variety of seaweeds and sea animals that inhabited the Antarctic waters. About twenty years later the head of the Istanbul National Museum Halil Edhem found an old map while revising the library of Byzantine emperors in the old sultan’s palace. […] Read More