National Geographic : 1912 Mar
Photo by Sir Ernest H. Shackleton From "The Heart of the Antarctic," by E. H. Shackleton (J. B . Lippincott Co.) TWO EMPEROR PENGUINS ON SOUTH VICTORIA LAND nected with extensive land to the south of it." * Long designated as insular, the conti nental character of Palmer Land has *Attempts have been made to discredit Fan ning, a sealer, making no claims to scientific accuracy in astronomical positions. His gen eral statements are strikingly confirmed by the discovery by the Belgica, under Gerlache, of a continental plateau, from 750 to 103° W. (the Belgica's farthest), sloping gently to the south, with soundings from Ioo to 250 fathoms. Un questionably the plateau extends farther west. been gradually proved through the dis coveries of Larsen, 1893; of Norden skiold, 1903, and of Charcot, 1910. As it is now acknowledged that this land is a northerly projection of the continent of Antarctica, to this American sea captain must be given geographic credit second to the other only known discoverer of a continent-Christopher Columbus-who no more than Palmer realized the greatness of his work.