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The Year the World Discovered Antarctica
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An in-depth exploration of the innovative science and intrepid spirit behind the expeditions that led to the discovery of Antarctica. On March 8, 1912, the front page of The Daily Chronicle trumpeted...
An in-depth exploration of the innovative science and intrepid spirit behind the expeditions that led to the discovery of Antarctica. On March 8, 1912, the front page of The Daily Chronicle trumpeted...
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  • An in-depth exploration of the innovative science and intrepid spirit behind the expeditions that led to the discovery of Antarctica.

    On March 8, 1912, the front page of The Daily Chronicle trumpeted "The South Pole discovered," 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 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 became the stuff of legends, while laying the groundwork for future scientific endeavors.

    First published to celebrate the centenary of this groundbreaking work, 1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica revisits the exploits of these different expeditions. Drawing on his own polar experience, Chris Turney looks beyond the now-famous personalities to demonstrate how their discoveries marked the dawn of a new age in our understanding of the natural world. With unprecedented access to original documents and unpublished archival material, Turney weaves a detailed history together with contemporary scientific findings to show how we might reawaken the public's passion for discovery and exploration.

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  • Chris Turney is an Australian and British geologist living in Sydney. He led the radiocarbon dating on the Hobbit fossil of Flores, Indonesia that hit the headlines worldwide in 2004, and has published numerous scientific articles. In 2011, he was awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship. Turney has been described by The Saturday Times as "the new David Livingstone."

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 24, 2012
    Turney, an Australian paleoclimatologist (Ice, Mud and Blood), describes the early 20th-century exploratory expeditions to Antarctica. Using a variety of sources including previously unpublished documents, Turney reproduces the drama of the race to reach the South Pole as well as the subsequent efforts of the original pathfinders and new expeditions to unlock the secrets of the continent. The two best-known explorers, Roald Amundsen, the first to reach the pole, and Robert Scott the leader of the ill-fated British expedition, are covered in detail, with evidence-based speculation on why and how Scott’s expedition ended tragically. In addition, Turney describes in depth the 1911–1912 German expedition of Wilhem Filchner and the 1911–1913 Australian expedition of Douglas Mawson. Filchner’s expedition is rife with misadventure, feuds, dangers, and death. Nonetheless the expedition made a substantial contribution to scientific knowledge of the Antarctic Convergence and the Atlantic Ocean’s circulation system. Mawson’s expedition is another harrowing tale, visited by death, omnipresent in the ruthlessly frigid environment, and by madness as well. Yet Mawson’s team managed to map much of Antarctica’s geology, and to describe its otherworldly flora and fauna. Turney successfully conveys the heroism and flaws of the early explorers as they challenged the preternatural dangers of Antarctica. Illus., maps.

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