Notebook Buried in Ice Found After 100 Years


Picture from Yahoo News

Picture from Yahoo News

Sometime between 1910 and 1913 an expedition to reach the South Pole was started by Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his team. It was a race to Antarctica, specifically of who was going to reach the South Pole first. Dr George Murray Levick, a surgeon, was among those in the team and he owned the notebook where he recorded an account of their ill-fated journey.

The team reached the South Pole but another team actually beat them. On their return to their base, however, Scott’s team never made it. They died from the fierce blizzard plus their dwindling food supply. Everyone and everything in that team was buried in ice for 100 years–until recently when Levick’s diary was discovered, the picture of which appears above.

Reading the notebook now, one can imagine how everything would be as though things happened only yesterday. The pages remained intact but not the binder. Experts separated the pages and then digitized to be put back together again. In it were some sketches and details about the pictures Levick took during the expedition. He even did a self-sketch during one of the team’s relaxing moments. This story makes us realize the importance of diary keeping, or at least keeping a record of important events in our lives for posterity to enjoy.

I can imagine how Levick’s family feels about the find of the century. Moreover, historians now have a first-hand witness account of what actually happened during the expedition, and probably how they gradually lost everything, including survival and life itself.

Keep a record of your life. Then your posterity will see detailed accounts of how you fought the battles in life and get inspiration from you. My late mom and dad did that for decades–kept details of our daily life from the 1950s to the day my dad died in 1985–about 35 years! The books are kept in our family library available anytime we like to see what happened on a particular day at a specific year in the past.

The century-old notebook is now kept at the Antarctic Heritage Trust.

Source: Yahoo News

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