Wednesday, November 23, 2011

King visits Antarctica base

Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin
Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin during his visit to the Scott Base, Antartica, yesterday. An Emperor Penguin is seen in the background. Bernama pic
SCOTT BASE (ANTARCTICA): Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin yesterday took a 20-minute helicopter ride to visit scientific centres in the Antarctica. The Aerospace EC130 helicopter was manned by Capt Rob McPhail.

Accompanying the king were Antarctica New Zealand chief executive Lou Sanson, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus  Ongkili and  Academy of Sciences Malaysia Antarctica Task force chairman Tan Sri Salleh Mohd Nor.

The king was first taken to Cape Royds, where the Shackleton's Hut is located. The hut was built by Ernest Shackleton during his expedition between 1901 and 1904.

Tuanku Mizan and his entourage were also taken to see the panoramic view of the Barne Glacier, with its sculptures rising 30m above water level, as well as the Emperor Penguin, which is the largest of the penguin species.

The trip then continued with a visit to Scott's Hut in Cape Evans. The hut was built by Robert Falcon Scott during his expedition to Antarctica between 1910 and 1913. 

It is learnt that the conservation works on the two huts were part of efforts to preserve the historic sites in the South Pole.

The two huts had become iconic and historic destinations for researchers and scientists in the Antarctica.

During the return trip, Tuanku Mizan was given a tour and aerial view of the Scott Research Centre. Bernama


  1. Antarctica is my one of the favorite place where i have enjoyed small vacation and holidays. Antarctica is now best place for researcher where most the scientist are doing research. Even i also did research on Ice Berg.

  2. Hmm...nice, hopefully one day I'll be there too.


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