TOESPRAAK DOOR KRIS PEETERS
VLAAMS MINISTER-PRESIDENT EN
VLAAMS MINISTER VAN ECONOMIE, BUITENLANDS BELEID, LANDBOUW, ZEEVISSERIJ EN PLATTELANDSBELEID
23 NOVEMBER 2010
Verhalen en foto’s van de twee Gerlache expedities en enkele historische zuidpoolexploraties:
- De Belgica Expeditie van Adrien de Gerlache (1897-99)
- Gaston de Gerlaches Antarctica Expeditie (1957-59)
- Carsten Borchgrevink: de Southern Cross expeditie (1898-1900)
- Otto Nordenskjöld: twee overwinteringen in Antarctica (1901-1903)
- De James Caird: Shackletons legendarische reddingssloep
- Scott’s Antarctic Diary online
- Shackleton’s dagboek “South”
Deze video werd gemaakt door vzw De Steenschuit ism Belgica Genootschap
In August 1897, a Belgian navy captain Adrien de Gerlache left Antwerp for the Antarctic with an international crew on a robust three-master, the Belgica. The expedition was the first Antarctic expedition of a purely scientific nature. It was also the first to spend a winter in the austral polar night, and to make extensive use of photography.
On 10 March 1898, and for twelve months, the Belgica was imprisoned in the ice. The ice-bound ship drifted over 3200 kilometers and was finally released on 14 March 1899 after much effort.
The expedition returned with an important scientific harvest and a complete annual cycle of observations, which are still relevant for scientific comparisons today.
The scientific data covered many fields: bathymetrical and hydrological soundings, numerous botanical and zoological samples, a large amount of oceanographical, meteorological, geomagnetic, glaciological and geological observation data.