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Antarctic Abandonments Through the Ages

Jill Harness

We all know just how inhospitable the Antarctic is, so it's hardly surprising that many people who set up shop in the region later abandoned their shelters and never bothered to return. What is surprising, though, is the amazing way the frigid climate preserves most of these structures, leaving them in almost the condition they were left in, even after decades.

WebUrbanist has a fascinating look at ten of these abandoned areas, including the former home of early Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. His shack, seen above, hadn't been touched for 100 years when a team from the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust paid a visit and discovered a stockpile of Australian brandy and Scotch whiskey that had been aged for a century.