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.
Resultats 1 - 3 de 12.
n h gation . Scientists in the 1940s had observed the recession of glaciers in the
northern hemisphere and wondered if those in the south were also receding .
They speculated about the influence of such a vast ice sheet on the Earth ' s
Mawson had unwittingly established his hut - his home of the blizzard ' – at the
base of one of the longest , steepest slopes on the Antarctic ice sheet , exposing
his expedition to the relentless avalanche of gravity - fed katabatics . The force
A snowflake falling on the high interior of the Antarctic dome might take more
than 500 000 years to travel through the ice to the marine edge of an ice shelf ,
and so changes in climate since the last ice age are still acting on the ice sheet .
Què en diuen els usuaris - Escriviu una ressenya
LibraryThing ReviewRevisió d'Usuari - dougcornelius - LibraryThing
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
Slicing the silence: voyaging to AntarcticaRevisió d'Usuari - Not Available - Book Verdict
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