4 Oct 2010

Polar Names

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:20 pm on 4 October 2010

The map of Antarctica is full of valleys and ice shelves named for great explorers and scientists who made brilliant discoveries or endured much on the Ice. But nowhere on the maps do you see names that reflect the support crew for one of the greatest Antarctic expeditions of all, the great race to the South Pole in the winter of 1911-1912 by Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen. Now Cartographic immortality has been granted to 11 of the the dogs and ponies used by Scott and Amundsen. The animals' names will mark navigation waypoints along the main air routes between New Zealand and McMurdo Station. Lou Sanson is the Chief executive of Antarctica New Zealand and he talks to us from Christchurch.