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Antarctica land of penguins and boundless ice

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© RIA Novosti. Alexandr Solovskiy
Nearly two centuries ago, Russian sailors discovered Antarctica, putting an end to speculation about the continent’s existence. On January 28, 1820 (January 16 according to the Gregorian calendar), while on a naval expedition around the globe, Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev approached the ice-covered continent at 69°21'28" south latitude and 2°14'50" west longitude. Over a century later, Norwegian explorers reached Antarctica and called it the Princess Martha Coast.

Nearly two centuries ago, Russian sailors discovered Antarctica, putting an end to speculation about the continent’s existence. On January 28, 1820 (January 16 according to the Gregorian calendar), while on a naval expedition around the globe, Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev approached the ice-covered continent at 69°21'28" south latitude and 2°14'50" west longitude. Over a century later, Norwegian explorers reached Antarctica and called it the Princess Martha Coast.