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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The icebergs . They loom into sight , at first a craggy eminence in the mist and
then a faceted jewel revealing its edges and cliffs and threatening fragility . These
are great fortresses of ice ; one might look like the spine of a prehistoric creature
Fred Middleton leapt out of his bunk to see his first iceberg It is more usual to see
the icebergs before the floes and the pack because the bergs cannot be stopped
by the west wind . It is a surprise to many that in summer there is much open ...
In the nineteenth century , London confectioners had sent ships to collect from
icebergs in Greenland ' s seas . In the twentieth century , Australians had
dreamed of wrapping and towing southern icebergs to the edge of their wide ,
brown land ...
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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
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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