Antarctica: Exploring the Extreme : 400 Years of Adventure

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Chicago Review Press, 2001 - Science - 395 pages
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Fabulous sights, hair-raising escapes, jubilant homecomings, and agonizing losses abound in this unique historical adventure. Far more complete than competing narratives of Antarctic exploration, Antarctica: Exploring the Extreme documents dozens of voyages, from the earliest days of long-distance sea travel, through the rapacious exploitation of seal and whale in the 19th century, to the 20th-century overland expeditions racing to the South Pole. The drama continues as 10 nations scramble to claim the continent, and a review of today’s Antarctica by region details further expeditions as well as geology, terrain, and historical and scientific sites.
 

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Freelance writer and earth scientist Landis made several trips to Antarctica to research this historical survey of Antarctic exploration. The book is divided into three parts. Part 1, on general ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Search for Terra Australis Incognita
3
2 In Search of Seals with Further Discoveries
27
3 The End of an Era
49
4 The Search for the South Magnetic Pole
63
Diminishing Returns
109
The South Pole Expeditions
125
7 The Making of a Treaty
167
PART I I
189
12 Exploring Selected Subantarctic Islands
279
P A R T I I I
303
13 The Hub of Gondwana
305
14 Exploring Antarcticas Wildlife
317
Travel Resources
367
Glossary
371
Selected Bibliography
375
Index
383

8 Antarctic Peninsula Exploration
191
9 Weddell Sea Exploration
211
10 Ross Sea Exploration
245
11 East Antarctica Exploration
265
Picture Credits
396
Back Flap
397
Back Cover
398
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\Marilyn J. Landis was trained as a geologist and earth scientist specializing in Antarctica. Now a freelance writer, she traveled to Antarctica seven times to research this book.

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