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A Brief History of Antarctica in Maps

By Oceanwide Expeditions 2018-02-04 19:31:56

From Terra Australis to Antarctica Long before human eyes ever beheld Antarctica, the ancients were convinced it existed – or at least something like it. Ptolemy, a Greco-Roman astronomer who lived around 100 – 170 CE (AD), thought that an enormous far-southern landmass must exist in order to provide a planetary counterweight to the large continents of the north.  This hypothetical region, which had never been seen much less mapped, even had names: The term “Antarctic,” coined by Greek geographer...

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