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* The Royal Geographical Society's education website has a section called Antarctica - Extreme Wilderness, with downloadable articles on topics from the story of the race to the pole to what the climate and landscape is like and which countries are signed up to the Antarctic Treaty, and a teachers'

area showing how the society's resources can be used to teach particular areas of the curriculum.

* The Scott Polar Research Institute is a long-established centre for research into both polar regions. Part of the University of Cambridge, it came into being after members of Scott's Antarctica expedition of 1910 to 1913 thought up the idea while sheltering from a storm in a hut left by Shackleton.

* The Royal Research Ship Discovery, the ship built for Scott's British National Antarctic Expedition, is now in Dundee alongside the Discovery Point Antarctic Museum. You can explore the ship's deck and view interactive displays explaining how the expedition was planned and carried out and view the ship's organ and an original sea chest among the artefacts.

* Based in Cambridge, the British Antarctic Survey has undertaken the majority of Britain's scientific research on and around the Antarctic continent for almost 60 years.

the BAS is also a co-sponsor of the artists and writers programme, offering fellowship grants for humanities scholars to spend a few weeks on the continent each summer.

* An interactive CD, based on this year's Royal Institution Christmas lectures, explores the science of Antarctica and is available from Channel 4. The CD will be sent to every science department in UK secondary schools, sixth-form and FE colleges, and examines the wonders and dangers of life on ice for humans and other creatures and considers the implications of global warming.

* Antarctica Unveiled: Scott's First Expedition and the Quest for the Unknown Continent by David Yelverton (University Press of Colorado).

* The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander (Bloomsbury)

* Hell with a Capital H by Katherine Lambert (Pimlico)

* Discovery Illustrated: Pictures from Captain Scott's First Antarctic Expedition by JV Skelton and DM Wilson (Reardon)

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