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Terra incognita : travels in Antarctica

Author: Sara Wheeler
Publisher: New York : Random House, [1998?]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Ever since the time of Captain Cook, Antarctica has captured the imagination of countless explorers who set off against great odds in search of riches and honor, for science or a better world. Sara Wheeler weaves together her own experiences on the ice with the grueling adventures of Antarctica's most mythic figures - the Norwegian Roald Amundsen, who beat his rival to the Pole by twenty-nine days; Ernest  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sara Wheeler
ISBN: 067944078X 9780679440789
OCLC Number: 37513074
Notes: Originally published: London : Jonathan Cape, 1996.
Description: xxi, 351 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Contents: The big white --
Terra Nova Bay --
Landscapes on the mind --
The other side of silence --
The naked soul of man --
At the South Pole --
Feasting in the tropics --
The response of the spirit --
Igloos and nitroglycerine --
Icebreaker --
From New Zealand to the Falklands --
One of the boys --
Fossil Bluff and the Ski Hi Nunataks --
Afloat in the Southern Ocean --
Wooville I: the Erebus Glacier Tongue --
Wooville II: Cape Evans --
Restoration.
Responsibility: Sara Wheeler.

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Ever since the time of Captain Cook, Antarctica has captured the imagination of countless explorers who set off against great odds in search of riches and honor, for science or a better world. Sara Wheeler weaves together her own experiences on the ice with the grueling adventures of Antarctica's most mythic figures - the Norwegian Roald Amundsen, who beat his rival to the Pole by twenty-nine days; Ernest Shackleton, whose men lived on seal and penguin blubber for three months when their ship was pierced by an iceberg; Apsley Cherry-Garrard, who famously braved the polar winter to hunt down rare penguin eggs that were ignored and eventually lost back home; Robert Falcon Scott, whose heroic example inspired countless young men to sacrifice themselves in the First World War. Accounts of these epic expeditions alternate with Sara Wheeler's own adventures in Antarctica, where a motley crew of scientists, drifters and dreamers search for bacterial traces that might hold the key to life on Mars, harass penguins and seek to measure this still largely impenetrable land.

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