Icy Beauty - Polar Paintings from the 1800's

Aurora Australis, 1908, George Mattson

Adventurers in the 1800's saw the Arctic and Antarctic as remote and harsh, though beautiful places. The South and North Poles were the furthest frontiers of the day and were sought by scores of early explorers. Among those early explorers were artists who preserved the rugged beauty of the poles. Fortunately, we have their images as an artistic record from the days before Climate Change.

More Info:

NewScientist.com - Polar Ice Cap Paintings

Wikipedia - Aurora Australis

Wikipedia - Polar Exploration

ClimateScience.gov - Past Climate Variability and Change in the Arctic and at High Latitudes

National Geographic Photo Gallery: Antarctica Warming

National Geographic Photo Gallery: Arctic Climate Change