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British explorer Ernest Shackleton was the first to reach the magnetic South Pole in 1907, and the geographic south pole was first reached in 1911 by Norwegian explorers.[edit]

The claim that Ernest Shackleton was the first to reach the magnetic South Pole is not correct. As can be seen in the Wikipedia article "Magnetic South Pole" the three people who were the 'first' were members of Shackleton's Nimrod Expedition (the 'Northern Party'). Also the date is wrong. The party reached their estimated position of the magnetic pole on 16 January 1909 (easy to find this by various articles online). While the Nimrod expedition is usually referred to as 1907-1909 (likely choice of 1907 date) the ship left the UK in 1907 and did not leave New Zealand for the Antarctic until January 1908. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Antipodenz (talkcontribs) 21:34, 17 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Feel free to correct the body of the article with a good cite and the lead if you can do so succinctly. Chidgk1 (talk) 11:23, 18 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hi Antipodenz. You're absolutely right, an embarrasing mistake from my side. I tried to summarise the body, but didn't read in enough detail. Femke (talk) 15:56, 18 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Ernest Shackleton was not British. He was born in Co. Kildare, Ireland and spent the first 10 years of his life there. He is reported to have said many times: "I am an Irishman". — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:39, 3 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Nobody is allowed in Antarctica except government researcher’s so there is actually no real population here. 2600:8805:172B:2A00:EC75:938E:BF87:A193 (talk) 20:04, 26 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The word "seasonal" in the infobox makes that pretty clear. OhNoitsJamie Talk 20:15, 26 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Is there a project to avoid duplicate names for Glaciers located in Antarctica?[edit]

Shanklin Glacier, one for Johnathan Shanklin and one for David Shanklin. (talk) 21:35, 27 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Content copied from History of Antarctica[edit]

Janitoalevic (talk) 17:29, 30 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Semi-protected edit request on 4 December 2022[edit]

change "The British naval officer John Clark Ross failed to realise" to "The British naval officer James Clark Ross failed to realise" Arctonauts (talk) 19:22, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Done Goldsztajn (talk) 12:13, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Flat Earth and the "Great Ice Wall"[edit]

Hi This is the first time I've done this so I hope I'm doing it right.... My primary reason to read this topic was to read a bit about how the idea of a flat earth fits in with all the other info regarding the physical properties of Antarctica as stated. Has anyone thought of including some of this? I'm not a proponent of a flat earth myself. Cheers! Homerx007x (talk) 11:24, 24 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Such info would be irrelevant here, but might fit in an article about the Modern flat Earth beliefs or Myth of the flat Earth.--Vsmith (talk) 11:52, 24 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Vsmith ok that does make sense. Thank you Homerx007x (talk) 11:59, 24 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Antarctica without ice[edit]

We have satellite maps of Antarctica without ice. The West Antarctic Ice Sheet seems to be collapsing into huge ice blocks perhaps as much as 50 km "inland" (but there is no land at all) from Pine Island Bay. Relatively warm seawater is underrunning this area of ice. Perhaps we need to publish this new government mapping of sea-level Antarctica without ice, with all of its vast fjords and islands, so that readers can understand all of the places that such seawater underrunning, subsequent ice sheet collapse and changing geography might be taking place today or within 20 years. Paul Klinkman (talk) 18:33, 25 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Semi-protected edit request on 15 January 2023[edit]

Demonyms Antarctic, Antarctican (talk) 08:25, 15 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Not done: There isn't much of a population for a demonym to apply to. CMD (talk) 09:27, 15 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Gabriel de Castilla discovered Antarctica in 1603, arriving at parallel 64º South Latitude.[edit]

"Gabriel de Castilla descubrió la Antártida en 1603, llegando al paralelo 64º Latitud Sur." — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:58, 17 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Better and more consistent links to other articles[edit]

When i was researching and writing a presentation about Antarctica i started noticing inconsistencies in the linking to other articles. i did notice that in the 5th paragraph in the geography section that Vinson Massif is linked but Mount Erebus is not linked. Would be better to be more consistent with linking. Relaxingskull (talk) 10:43, 17 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]