Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica
Harvard University Press, 2007 - 399 pàgines
Producer: Heron & Crane
From Scott and Shackleton to sled dogs and penguins, stories of Antarctica seize our imagination. In December 2002, environmental historian Tom Griffiths set sail with the Australian Antarctic Division to deliver the new team of winterers. In this beautifully written book, Griffiths reflects on the history of human experiences in Antarctica, taking the reader on a journey of discovery, exploration, and adventure in an unforgettable land.
He weaves together meditations on shipboard life during his three-week voyage with fascinating forays into the history and nature of Antarctica. He brings alive the great age of sail in the initiation of travelers to the great winds of the "roaring forties." No continent is more ruled by wind, and Griffiths explains why Antarctica is a barometer of global climatic health. He charts the race to the South Pole, from its inception as part of the drive to map Earth's magnetism, to the reasons for Robert Scott's tragic death. He also offers vivid descriptions of life in Antarctica, such as the experience of a polar night, the importance of food for morale, and coping with solitude.
A charming narrative and an informative history, Slicing the Silence is an intimate portrait of the last true wilderness.
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Two hundred million years before , in Permian times , he imagined a vista of
endless land : Australia then stretched far to the south . . . [ and ] high mountains
towered over what is now sea . 20 To many scientists , continental fluctuations in
I looked closely at the ice and imagined dragging sleds across it , imagined
pitching the tent on it , imagined seeing nothing but it for months . I was even
sitting on ice reading Sitting on Penguins . We could still see the coast and had a
The proximity of the pole , the glory of the mountains were as nothing to the next
meal , or a vividly imagined meal . Shackleton was forced to reflect upon the
danger extreme hunger had for civilisation for he discovered that ' no barrier of
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Since The Son and The Daughter came I have become an armchair adventurer rather than an outdoor adventurer. The tale of Shackleton’s adventure to Antarctica has always fascinated me; Trapped in ice ... Llegeix la ressenya completa
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Antarctica, that great, unknown continent, has attracted explorers and scientists for centuries. Like many before him, Griffiths (history, Australian National Univ., Canberra) was drawn to this harsh ... Llegeix la ressenya completa