|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Science, Nature & Technology

Antarctic Landmarks to Be Named after Mawson’s Huskies

SYDNEY – Over 20 prominent landmarks across Antarctica will be named after Lassesen, Pavlova and Alexandra, the dogs that took part in the first Australian expeditions to the region, the Australian Antarctic Division Place Names Committee officials said on Wednesday.

These huskies were part of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-1914) led by Australian Douglas Mawson (1882-1958), whose expeditions allowed the country to claim 42 percent of the White Continent as its territory.

“The dogs were used for expedition transport, pulling sleds laden with supplies, as well as providing companionship for the men,” Gillian Slocum, the chair of the committee, said in a statement.

A total of 26 islands, rocks and reefs located near Cape Denison, where Mawson had set up his base camp, will be renamed after the dogs who led that historic expedition, the committee announced.

“While some of the dogs returned to Australia, others had unfortunately perished in the harsh conditions,” Slocum added.

Slocum also explained that the names of the most important dogs will be immortalized for their contribution to Antarctic exploration.

“Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen gifted Mawson a husky named Lassesen, in honor of the dog that was with him when he reached the South Pole in 1911. Lassesen Island in the Mackellar Islands is named after Mawson’s dog,” Slocum said.

An island will bear the name of Pavlova, a husky who was named after the famous Russian ballerina, a personal friend of Britain’s Belgrave Ninnis, who took care of the dogs during the expeditions.

Ninnis (1887-1912) died along with six dogs when his sledge, loaded with provisions, fell through a crevasse during one of the expeditions led by Mawson to explore a coastal area around 500 kilometers (310 miles) from Cape Denison.

Female husky Alexandra, named after Queen Mother Alexandra (1844-1925), also died during the expedition and will now have another Antarctic island named after her.

Some other places on the continent will also bear the names of huskies named after British royalty, explorers, sporting champions, comedians and Greek mythology.

 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2015 © All rights reserved