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Prime Minister's message to polar scientists, marking 100 years since Scott's arrival at the South Pole

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Prime Minister David Cameron commends the work of the scientists and support staff at British bases in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, continuing Captain Scott's legacy of research and discovery.

A hundred years ago Captain Scott and his companions arrived at the South Pole. That spirit of exploration and dedication to discovery has left a legacy of British scientific excellence which continues today.

Prime Minister David Cameron marked the anniversary by sending this audio message to the scientists and support staff at British bases in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. They are engaged in fundamentally important scientific research into our future climate, sea level rise and the sustainability of our ocean ecosystems.

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Many organisations and individuals are marking the centenary. Today, British adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes wrote a guest post on the Foreign Secretary’s Facebook page reflecting on the pioneering research carried out by Scott’s expedition.

Yesterday, Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham visited the British Antarctic Survey Headquarters and the Scott Polar Research Institute to speak with the scientists who are helping to shape the understanding needed for managing climate change, and contributiong to the UK’s work for the peaceful protection of Antarctica.