"Men are looking for a dangerous journey. Low salary. Extreme cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. No return is guaranteed with life. Honor and recognition in case of success." This was the announcement by words that the British Ernest Shackleton published in the Times, in 1914, in order to recruit heroes who joined the crew of the Endurance, to the most fantastic Antarctic expedition of all time.
The boat sank in 1915, squeezed by sea ice that blocked it in the Weddell Sea and sank in an area 3,000 meters deep. Now it is intended to send another fantastic expedition to find the Endurance, which disappeared in that epic.
Shackleton and his crew known as Imperial Transatlantic Expedition, who aspired to be the first to cross the Antarctic by land, were forced to use lifeboats to make a trip across the Southern Ocean, until they were rescued, without a single casualty, on the island of South Georgia.
British researcher Julian Dowdeswell He will direct the international expedition, scheduled for January or February 2019. However, this is not the main mission of this expedition, but a sencudaria: the priority will be to visit and study the Larsen C ice platform, which last July gave birth to one of the largest icebergs ever recorded in Antarctica.
As explained Dowdeswell, director of the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) in Cambridge:
In our Larsen study, we will operate autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV). But if we can locate them in the place where Endurance is believed to be, we will send them under the ice to conduct a survey. They are equipped with multiple beam echo sounders that look down, which can trace the shape of the seabed in a grid.