1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica

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Counterpoint, Nov 2, 2012 - History - 320 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 He makes use of original and exclusive unpublished archival material and weaves in the latest scientific findings to show how we might reawaken the public’s passion for discovery and exploration
 

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User Review  - tjsjohanna - LibraryThing

Mr Turney leads the reader through the various expeditions that converged on Antarctica during the year 1912 and they are a wide ranging group of individuals with a wide ranging set of results. My ... Read full review

1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica

User Review  - Margaret Atwater-Singer - Book Verdict

Robert Falcon Scott's fatal attempt to beat Roald Amundsen to the South Pole in 1912 is well known, but that's not the whole story. Geologist Turney (climate change, Univ. of New South Wales ... Read full review

Contents

Looking Polewards
An Audacious Plan
A New Land
Roald Amundsen and the Norwegian Bid for the South Pole 19101912
The Dash Patrol
Wilhelm Filchner and the Second German Antarctic Expedition 19111912
Icecold in Denison
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Martyrs to Gondwanaland
Punta Arenas in southern Chile threatening to break out in a sweat Now were
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Chris Turney is an Australian and British geologist living in Sydney. He led the radiocarbon dating on the Hobbit fossil of Flores, Indonesia that hit the headlines worldwide in 2004, and has published numerous scientific articles. In 2011, he was awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship. Turney has been described by The Saturday Times as “the new David Livingstone.”

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