Just over a hundred years ago, heroic explorers from around the world sought to achieve fame for themselves and territory for their countries. For a good overview, I suggest “1912: The year the World Discovered Antarctica” by Chris Turney. Much of this exploration was focused on the Ross Sea region and today it is possible to visit the huts of Scott and Shackleton, carefully restored by the Antarctic Heritage Trust. The huts were deliberately left with provisions for future exploration parties, so when you enter the door (after carefully removing abrasive sand from your boots!), it is really like stepping back into the footsteps of Scott, complete with the smell of leather and lanolin.