Over My Head: Journeys in Leaky Boats from the Strait of Magellan to Cape Horn and Beyond

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iUniverse, Oct 30, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 238 pages
a pioneering female geologist explores the topography of South America and the shifting landscape of women in the sciencesA satisfying journey through 1970s sexual politics and the lands of the southernmost part of the Earth. Kirkus Reviews Somewhere near the bottom edge of the earth, a young woman attempts to balance on a slippery rock ledge. With her back pressed against an overhanging cliff face, her arms too weak to climb, and the tide rising at an alarming rate, there is nowhere to go. So how did she come to be alone on a sinking knife edge in Tierra del Fuego, halfway between the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn, seven thousand miles from New York? In her fascinating travel memoir, Margaret Winslow offers a compelling glimpse into her misadventures as an inexperienced geologist as she begins pioneering field research in southern South America. Beginning in the mid-1970s, Winslow details her unforgettable experiences that include clinging to a ledge alone as the tide rises over her boot tops, facing near-death experiences with killer whales, and encountering an antediluvian creature with a cavernous mouth and yellow teethall while tracing her evolution from an ill-prepared beginner to a competent leader. Over My Head captures one womans historic journeys into uncharted fjords and trackless forests as she attempts to navigate through the almost exclusively male world of field geology and discovers she must learn to rely on her own inner compass in order to survive.
 

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Contents

VIKINGS I
59
PART III VIKINGS II
105
VIKINGS III
129
ANTARCTICA
179
The Earth Is Flat
207
About the Author
211
Authors Note
213
Bibliography and Recommended Reading
215
Back Cover
216
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About the author (2012)

Margaret Winslow is a field geologist with over thirty years of wilderness experience in Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Antarctica, Alaska, and the Caribbean. Her fieldwork on earthquake hazards and archaeological settlement patterns in Alaska and Chile is featured in the PBS series Fire on the Rim. Margaret is professor of earth sciences at the City College of New York.

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