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The coldest March : Scott's fatal Antarctic expedition

Author: Susan Solomon
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book tells the story of Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his British team who in November 1911 began a trek across the snows of Antarctica, striving to be the first to reach the South Pole. After marching and skiing more than nine hundred miles, the men reached the Pole in January 1912, only to suffer the terrible realization that a group of five Norwegians had been there about a month earlier. On their return  Read more...
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Named Person: Robert Falcon Scott; Robert Falcon Scott; Robert Falcon Scott; Robert Falcon Scott; Robert Falcon Scott
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Solomon
ISBN: 0300089678 9780300089677 9780300099218 0300099215
OCLC Number: 45661501
Description: xxii, 383 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue: Hut at the bottom of the world --
Into the pack --
Of dogs and men --
Return --
Safety of supplies --
Start of a "coreless" winter --
For the love of science --
In the footsteps of Shackleton --
Beyond the H of Hell --
This awful place --
Sunset on the barrier --
Anguish of helplessness --
In search of explanations --
Chillingly unusual month --
Winds of chance and choice --
Epilogue: Worst weather in the world --
Appendixes: Men of the mission ; Timeline of interconnected lives.
Responsibility: Susan Solomon.
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"This book tells the story of Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his British team who in November 1911 began a trek across the snows of Antarctica, striving to be the first to reach the South Pole. After marching and skiing more than nine hundred miles, the men reached the Pole in January 1912, only to suffer the terrible realization that a group of five Norwegians had been there about a month earlier. On their return journey, Scott and his four companions perished, and their legacy - as courageous heroes or tragic incompetents - has been debated ever since." "Susan Solomon brings a scientific perspective to understanding the men of the expedition, their staggering struggle, and the reasons for their deaths. Drawing on extensive meteorological data and on her own personal knowledge of the Antarctic, she depicts in detail the sights, sounds, legends, and ferocious weather of this singular place. And she reaches the startling conclusion that Scott's polar party was struck down by exceptionally frigid weather - a rare misfortune that thwarted the men's meticulous predictions of what to expect. Solomon describes the many adventures and challenges faced by Scott and his men on their journey, and she also discusses each one's life, contributions, and death. Her poignant and beautifully written book restores them to the place of honor they deserve."--Jacket.

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