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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Even those few people who had championed the idea of continental drift ' from early in the twentieth century had not been able to suggest the means by which landmasses moved around the globe . Wegener had been rebuffed and ridiculed ...
This theory claimed not just that glaciers had moved rocks around and later retreated – hence explaining the puzzling presence of isolated boulders in Swiss valleys – but that whole continents had been covered under miles of ice .
He was deeply moved by the transcendent beauty of the place and thus appalled by the recent , sordid mark of humanity . He found visiting Antarctica to be an emotional roller - coaster : ' if you were constructing a psychological drama ...
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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