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Cape Evans on Ross Island (a New Zealand dependency) in the Ross Sea is the sight of a historic monument to the expedition of Robert Scott in 1910. Visit the hut of Scott of the Antarctic that has been splendidly preserved by the Antarctic Heritage Trust. It stands as testimony to the rigors faced by pioneering explorers. Ten men of Shackleton's ill-fated imperial trans-Antarctic expeditions were marooned here in 1915 after their ship Aurora was blown out to sea and unable to return. Two of Aurora's anchors remain to this day on the beach in front of the hut. Under the supervision of the New Zealand staff, you witness the living conditions almost exactly as they were when Scott, Wilson and Ponting occupied the quarters nearly a century ago.
Ross Island lies at the northern edge of the Ross Ice Shelf in the Ross Sea, just off the coast of Victoria Land. The island is home to Mt. Erebus, an active volcano 12,450 ft (3,800m) high and Mt. Terror (10,750 ft) as well as the US McMurdo base.
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