The South Pole: A Historical Reader

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Terra Australius Incognito. Long before its discovery the ancient Greeks surmised that a continent must exist at the bottom of the world, writes Anthony Brandt in his introduction to this marvelous history of Antarctic exploration. The quest to find and explore Antarctica has consumed men and women ever since. The South Pole weaves together some of the great Antarctic adventure stories, as told by the explorers themselves: Ernest Shackleton's modest bravery rescuing his stranded crew: Roald Amundsen's account of ...
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Overview

Terra Australius Incognito. Long before its discovery the ancient Greeks surmised that a continent must exist at the bottom of the world, writes Anthony Brandt in his introduction to this marvelous history of Antarctic exploration. The quest to find and explore Antarctica has consumed men and women ever since. The South Pole weaves together some of the great Antarctic adventure stories, as told by the explorers themselves: Ernest Shackleton's modest bravery rescuing his stranded crew: Roald Amundsen's account of being first at the Pole; Robert Falcon Scott's touching, tragic death. The book also includes little-known accounts that vividly describe the hardships, beauty, and extreme challenges of life in the most hostile environment on Earth. Readers will be surprised to discover Edmund Halley's amusing first description of penguins, Captain Cook's speculations regarding the source of Antarctica's huge tabular icebergs, and Douglas Mawson's heroic solo trek across the ice after losing his companions and his food. Anthony Brandt's authoritative narrative places this tapestry of characters and adventures into context and brings the story of Antarctic exploration from the ancient Greeks to the modern era.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792267973
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/5/2004
  • Series: National Geographic Adventure Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Part 1 The Myth of Antarctica 1
From The Three Voyages of Edmund Halley in the Paramore 5
From The Journals of the Second Voyage 1772-1775 13
Part 2 Antarctica Unveiled 46
From A Voyage Towards the South Pole Performed in the Years 1822-24 51
Recent Discoveries in the Antarctic Ocean from the Log Book of the Brig Tula, 1833 62
Discoveries in the Antarctic Ocean in February, 1839, including remarks by Charles Darwin 71
From The United States Exploring Expedition 90
From A Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic Regions, 1839-43 117
Part 3 The Time of the Heroes 138
From The Voyage of the Discovery 145
From The Journal of the Swedish Antarctic Expedition 166
From The Heart of the Antarctic 174
From The Worst Journey in the World 191
From The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the Fram 253
From The Diaries of the Terra Nova Expedition 305
From The Home of the Blizzard 348
From South 364
Part 4 The Scientific Age 400
"April 1: God of 2.5" From Alone 404
"My Flight Across Antarctica" From National Geographic Magazine, June 1936 422
"South Ice to the South Pole" From The Crossing of Antarctica 446
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