The search giant on Tuesday announced increased access to the icy continent via its World Wonders Project, where people can wander through historic landmarks beset by throngs of snow. Lots and lots of snow.

Contemplate this: Back in 1913, a British newspaper advertisement promoted an impending expedition to the treacherous terrain. Apparently lead by polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, the ad read:

Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.

The life of an explorer is a lot less romantic than I realized. And after seeing The Grey, which starred Liam Neeson, I think I'll stick to visiting Earth's more fair climates, like Southern California.

At the moment, would-be explorers are able to get a glimpse at the glamours life of past adventurers by venturing inside places like Shackleton's Hut, Scott's Hut, and other buildings that served as safe havens years and years ago.

Google's additional panoramic images were made possible in part by the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota and New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust.

[via GoogleBlog]