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Reliving Captain Scott's journey

Captain Scott writing his journals
People will be able to follow the explorer's adventures

The final thoughts of Antarctic explorer Capt Robert Scott are being published on a daily internet blog.

People can follow entries originally made from 26 November 1910 until the final entry, probably written on 29 March 1912 before Scott's death.

Scott and his team died as they returned from the South Pole.

Cambridge University's Scott Polar Research Institute is publishing the diary to help people understand the challenges the team faced.

The staff of the institute's museum, library and archive want to see if modern communication methods can provide a better understanding of the past.

Self sacrifice

They hope following the daily events of the expedition as they happened on Twitter will be a very different experience from reading everything over a few days.

The journal covers the expedition leaving New Zealand, scientific missions of 1911 and the journey to the South Pole, and ends with the death of the polar party in 1912, just 11 miles from the next depot of food and fuel.

Christopher Hughes, who has worked with the institute to develop the blog, said: "Technological change means that we are all reading in new ways, and the content is reaching us in many new forms.

"Presenting this great work in a format that people use in their everyday lives should mean that the text comes alive to new readers, and in a short format that blog readers already understand and enjoy.

"Matching the dates of the text with the historical events also means that those familiar with the story will get a new sense and appreciation of the endurance of the explorers, their true goals, and a deeper understanding of their self-sacrifice."

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