National Geographic : 1947 Oct
U. S . Navy, Official Ill-fated Scott's Treacherous Route Toward the Pole Was This Blue-ice Amazon BEARDMORE Glacier is one of the two or three largest ice rivers in the world and historically is the best known in the Antarctic. It was up the Beardmore that both Shackleton and Scott made their heroic poleward treks. After returning down this glacier toward their base camp at McMurdo Sound, Scott and his companions perished within 11 miles of sorely needed supplies. They had reached the South Pole only to find that Roald Amundsen had been there before them. Beardmore is a broad highway into the continent, but in places it is terribly crevassed. On both sides tower high mountain ranges which were explored and photographed from the air by the U. S. Navy Antarctic Expedition. For a few miles from its source, the air photos show, the Beardmore falls quite abruptly about 3,000 feet, after which the decline is gradual until the barrier ice is reached.