Unique & Unspoilt: A Year Among the Natural Wonders of Heard Island

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National Library Australia, 2011 - Antarctica - 211 pages
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Unique and Unspoilt is based on the journals of John Bechervaise during his 13 months as officer in charge of an Australian scientific base on Heard Island. His journals document the beauty of the isolated island, the tyranny of its harsh climate, and the daily struggle of the handful of men - far from their families and loved ones - charged with running a scientific base. Béchervaise's recorded observations of Heard Island's fascinating fauna and limited flora, the nuances of the changing seasons, and his weather-beaten attempts to scale its volcanic peak, leave us with a remarkable picture of a bleak yet beautiful Antarctic island. The plate section provides unique glimpses of this little-known and rarely-visited island, and its 1953 occupants.
 

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Contents

Glossary
1
The Men
21
French Lessons in the Mess
45
The Only Life in Millions of Square Miles
61
Theyve Climbed Everest
85
No Water on the Rainy Island
103
A Memorable Aurora
127
Second Attempt on the Mountain
147
Branding the Elephant Pups
165
Sheep in the Azorella
189
References
209

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