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The Borchgrevink Antarctic expedition has finally raised anchor and set sail. As far as practical results are likely to be attained, the expedition might as well have set sail for Mars. The Antarctic region is one vast stretch of desolation where not even animal life, according to last accounts, is capable of existence. About the only evidence of life visible in the whole continent are smoking volcanoes. North Greenland and Franz Josef Land are tropical gardens in comparison with it. If, however, the present expedition shall succeed in demonstrating anew the futility of attempting to penetrate this continent it may have the effect of checking such foolhardy and unprofitable ventures in the future.

Reproduced with permission: L.L. Dyche, Explorations (Newspaper Clippings Related to Polar Exploration), Vol. 1 & 2. University Archives, Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries, Lawrence, KS.


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  N.Y. Commercial Advertiser, New York, NY. August, 1898.  
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  Jennifer Holvoet, University of Kansas  
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