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Shackleton's South Pole whisky thawing

23 July 2010 Last updated at 05:49 BST

A crate of Scotch whisky that has been frozen in Antarctic ice for more than a century is being thawed by museum officials in New Zealand.

The crate, and four others, were found earlier this year beneath the floor of a hut built by explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton during his 1908 expedition.

Canterbury Museum official Lizzie Meek explained how the whisky was being thawed, while Nigel Watson from the Antarctic Heritage Trust said it might be possible to recreate the whisky from the frozen samples.

James Dagwell reports.