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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 He makes use of original and exclusive unpublished archival material and weaves in the latest scientific findings to show how we might reawaken the public’s passion for discovery and exploration.
"Turney successfully conveys the heroism and flaws of the early explorers as they challenged the preternatural dangers of Antarctica."—Publishers Weekly
"As the last continent to be discovered and explored, the history of Antarctica is relatively short; the first recorded landfall on the continent wasn't until 1821. [And] while each expedition could easily merit its own book, Turney adroitly manages to give a full portrait of each explorer and crew with giving any short shrift."—Kirkus
Chapter 1 Looking Polewards: Early Ventures South 7
Chapter 2 An Audacious Plan: Ernest Shackleton and the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909 35
Chapter 3 A New Land: Robert Scott and the Terra Nova Expedition, 1910-1913 71
Chapter 4 Of Reindeer, Ponies, and Automobiles: Ronald Amundsen and the Norwegian Bid for the South Pole, 1910-1912 105
Chapter 5 The Dash Patrol: Nobu Shirase and the Japanese South Polar Expedition, 1910-1912 143
Chapter 6 Locked In: Wilhelm Filchner and the Second German Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1912 177
Chapter 7 Ice-cold in Denison: Douglas Mawson and the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1913 213
Chapter 8 Martyrs to Gondwanaland: The Cost of Scientific Exploration 259
Appendix Lord Curzon's Notes 303
Posted July 28, 2013
I came to this book with an interest in learning the history of Anartic exploration, and Turney does so much more than that. Turney goes into the five countries and explorers ( i had only known of Amundsen and Scott) and really brings to light the epic scientific discoveries, particularly of the Australians led by Mawson. The author does a great job giving you a background to the expeditions of 1912-13, and details the scienctific thought of the day. Great read and extremely informative.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.