1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica

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Counterpoint Press, 2012 - History - 358 pages
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“The South Pole discovered” trumpeted the front page of The Daily Chronicle on March 8, 1912, marking Roald Amundsen’s triumph over the tragic Robert Scott. Yet behind all the headlines there was a much bigger story. Antarctica was awash with expeditions. In 1912, five separate teams representing the old and new world were diligently embarking on scientific exploration beyond the edge of the known planet. Their discoveries not only enthralled the world, but changed our understanding of the planet forever. Tales of endurance, self-sacrifice, and technological innovation laid the foundations for modern scientific exploration, and inspired future generations.

To celebrate the centenary of this groundbreaking work, 1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica revisits the exploits of these different expeditions. Looking beyond the personalities and drawing on his own polar experience, Chris Turney shows how their discoveries marked the dawn of a new age in our understanding of the natural world. He makes use of original and exclusive unpublished archival material and weaves in the latest scientific findings to show how we might reawaken the public’s passion for discovery and exploration
  

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Review: 1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica

User Review  - Richard Willis - Goodreads

Interesting book for anyone wanting to know the how of Antarctica exploration. Good scientific content. Turney brings the quest for knowledge to life. Too bad the American contribution is absent. But, in 1912, focus was elsewhere. Read full review

Review: 1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica

User Review  - Philip Monroe - Goodreads

good book, just wish for more maps. Read full review

Contents

introduction
1
Looking Polewards
7
An Audacious Plan
35
ANew Land
71
Of Reindeer Ponies and Automobiles
105
The Dash Patrol
143
Locked In
177
Icecold in Denison
213
Martyrs to Gondwanaland
259
postscript
295
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Chris Turney is a British Geologist currently based at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Chris is moving to Exeter University in the UK in October 2007. He did the radiocarbon dating on the 'Hobbit' fossil of Flores, Indonesia, that hit the headlines worldwide. He has published numerous scientific papers and magazine articles and done many media interviews thanks to his infectious enthusiasm for working out how old things are. He is also the author of "Bones, Rocks and Stars: The Science of When Things Happened."

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