Iced In: Ten Days Trapped on the Edge of Antarctica

Iced In: Ten Days Trapped on the Edge of Antarctica

by Chris Turney


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Iced In: Ten Days Trapped on the Edge of Antarctica by Chris Turney

“The Antarctic Factor: if anything can go wrong, it will. It's basically Murphy's Law on steroids.” —Chris Turney
On Christmas Eve 2013, off the coast of East Antarctica, an abrupt weather change trapped the Shokalskiy—the ship carrying earth scientist Chris Turney and seventy-one others involved in the Australasian Antarctic Expedition—in densely packed sea ice, 1400 miles from civilization. The forecast offered no relief—a blizzard was headed their way.
As Turney chronicles his ordeal, he revisits the harrowing Antarctic expedition of famed polar explorer Ernest Shackleton on his ship, Endurance, as well as the legendary explorations of Douglas Mawson. But for Turney, the stakes were even higher: he had his wife and children with him.
Turney was connected to the outside world through Twitter, YouTube, and Skype. Within hours, the team became the focus of a media storm, and an international rescue effort was launched to reach the stranded ship. But could help arrive in time to avert a tragedy?
A taut 21st-century survival story, Iced In is also an homage to all scientific explorers who embody the human spirit of adventure, joy in discovery, and will to live.
“Traveling in the footsteps of the great explorers Ernest Shackleton and Douglas Mawson, Turney draws on records from their journeys, making comparisons versus his own struggle in this enjoyable armchair adventure.”
“A classic adventure tale of a fight for survival. Turney’s account brings a chill to the spine.”
Herald Sun, Melbourne
“Exciting and compelling reading.”
Good Reading

With a New Epilogue by the Author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780806538525
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 793,174
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Earth scientist CHRIS TURNEY is the author of 1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica; Bones, Rocks and Stars: The Science of When Things Happened; and Ice, Mud and Blood: Lessons from Climates Past. His numerous awards include the Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal for pioneering research into climate change (2007). He is currently Professor of Climate Change and Earth Science at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Please visit his websites: and

Read an Excerpt

     We are stuck on a ship, 1400 miles from anywhere, surrounded by sea ice and bergs. It’s only eight o’clock and I’m having the air choked out of me by a raging blizzard.
Today’s weather chart shows a tightly jammed low out to the west heading our way, meaning what’s happening now is just the start. The atmospheric pressure has dropped 15 millibars over the last few hours and the winds have cranked up. The Shokalskiy is now being buffeted by 50-plus-knot winds and it looks set to stay this way for most of the day.
     It’s a good job we’re not in open water. We’d have towering waves to contend with as well.
     What the hell am I doing here?
     This blizzard is more violent than anything I’ve ever been caught in before. The winds are gusting at the equivalent of 70 miles an hour. The deck is treacherously icy and I hold on tight, grabbing anything to keep my balance. The wind is fierce, blowing vicious darts of ice in my face. I gasp in shock and get down on all fours, keeping low. Fragments of ice hurtle off the rigging. I make sure my snow goggles are firmly in place and drop my head. Only one word can sum this up: violent.
     A distant roar of wind warns me another blast is about to hit. . . .

Table of Contents

Title Page,
Copyright Page,
PART I - Heading South,
CHAPTER ONE - The Big Picture,
CHAPTER TWO - A Step into the Unknown,
CHAPTER THREE - The Furious Fifties,
CHAPTER FOUR - There Be Dragons,
CHAPTER FIVE - Off the Map,
CHAPTER SIX - In Adélie Land,
PART II - Trapped,
CHAPTER SEVEN - An Armada of Ice,
CHAPTER EIGHT - A Christmas to Remember,
CHAPTER NINE - The Home of the Blizzard,
CHAPTER TEN - Frustration,
CHAPTER TWELVE - Keeping It Together,
CHAPTER THIRTEEN - Escape from the Ice,

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