Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica

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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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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 Antarctica

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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

Continguts

PROLOGUE
2
THE FIRE on the SNOW Legends of the heroic era
10
THE BREATH of ANTARCTICA The brave west winds
33
THE UNIVERSITY of the SOUTHERN OCEAN Life at sea
53
GREAT SOUTH LANDS Reading the rocks
69
HEAVENLY BODIES Space weather
85
PLANTING FLAGS Claiming the ice
109
COLD PEACE Reds down under
136
OF HUDDLES and PEBBLES Life among the penguins
222
THE CHANGEOVER Time history and generations
246
GREEN CRUSADERS Greenpeace and greenhouse
275
FEEDING BODY and SOUL Hunger and wonder
298
CAPTAIN SCOTTS BISCUIT The archaeology of return
329
7 and 8 January
351
Acknowledgments
353
Notes
356

WINTERING Surviving the polar night
162
SOLITUDE An experiment in loneliness
189
HONEYMOON on ICE Love in a cold climate
199

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Sobre l'autor (2007)

Tom Griffiths is a Senior Fellow in the History Program of the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University .

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