1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica

Front Cover
Counterpoint Press, 2012 - History - 358 pages
2 Reviews
"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 He makes use of original and exclusive unpublished archival material and weaves in the latest scientific findings to show how we might reawaken the public’s passion for discovery and exploration

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

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


Looking Polewards
An Audacious Plan
ANew Land
Of Reindeer Ponies and Automobiles
The Dash Patrol
Locked In
Icecold in Denison
Martyrs to Gondwanaland

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information