Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica
Harvard University Press, 2007 - 399 pàgines
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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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Wednesday, 18 December 45 degrees 45 minutes south, 143 degrees 48
minutes east Yesterday the Polar Bird sailed into the sunset, around the southern
edge of Tasmania and out into the vast Southern Ocean. This is a routine voyage;
For much of the nineteenth century, sailors and scientists analysed the sea and
the ice and the wind as indirect ... Louis Bernacchi, sailed south with the
Southern Cross expedition of Carsten Borchgrevink in 1898, his chief task was to
For centuries sailors had relied on compasses without knowing quite why they
worked. When, from the late fifteenth century, European ships ventured into deep
water sailing and began to run down the latitude in daring ocean crossings, they
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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