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 He makes use of original and exclusive unpublished archival material and weaves in the latest scientific findings to show how we might reawaken the public’s passion for discovery and exploration

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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

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User Review  - Kim - Goodreads

Amazing well written and concise history of early Antarctic exploration. An inspiring read. Read full review


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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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