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1. South Pole: A Narrative History
2. Return to Antarctica: The Amazing
3. Edge of the World: Ross Island,
4. An Alien in Antarctica: Reflections
5. Assault on Eternity: Richard E.Byrd
6. Antarctica: Exploration, Perception
7. Antarctica (Exploration and Discovery.)
8. Exploration (Antarctica)
9. Antarctic Miscellany: Books, Periodicals
10. The Frigid Mistress: Life and
11. Antarctica As an Exploration Frontier--Hydrocarbon
12. Through the frozen frontier;:
13. Explorations of Antarctica: The
15. The Worst Journey in the World:
16. The Ice: A Journey to Antarctica
17. Polar Exploration: The Heroic
18. Before the Heroes Came: Antarctica
19. Antarctica: Exploring a Fragile
20. Antarctica

1. South Pole: A Narrative History of the Exploration of Antarctica (National Geographic Adventure Classics)
by Anthony Brandt
Paperback: 400 Pages (2004-10-05)
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Asin: 0792267974
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The discovery and exploration of Antarctica is revealed through memoirs, letters, and ship's logs, including James Cook's first glimpse of the South Pole in the eighteenth century, as well as Richard Byrd's winter in Antarctica alone. Reprint. ... Read more

2. Return to Antarctica: The Amazing Adventure of Sir Charles Wright on Robert Scott's Journey to the South Pole
by Adrian Raeside
Hardcover: 336 Pages (2009-09-29)
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Asin: 0470153806
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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By 1910, the Antarctic was the last place on earth that had never been explored, and British naval officer Robert Scott was obsessed that an Englishman - specifically himself - should conquer the pole. Despite being under-funded, under-equipped and unprepared, Scott sailed south in the antiquated whaling ship, Terra Nova, in what everyone assumed would be a cracking good adventure.

The expedition was made up entirely of British adventurers, gadabouts and scientists, the exception being one Canadian, Charles Seymour (Silas) Wright. Born 1887 in Toronto, Charles Wright was studying physics in Cambridge when he heard Scott was looking for a physicist to join the expedition to the pole. By the time Wright inquired, Scott had chosen a physicist for the team but was short a glaciologist. Who else but a Canadian would know about glaciers? Wright became the expedition's glaciologist. Halfway through the rough passage to the Antarctic, Scott got word that a rival explorer, Norwegian Roald Amundsen, was also making a run for the pole and was close on their heels. What started out as a stroll to the South Pole became a race between two very determined and different men.

Arriving at their base camp on Cape Evans in January 1911, Scott's team soon discovered they were unprepared for the Antarctic, while equipment failures and food shortages compounded the hardship. For the final race to the pole, Scott stripped the team down to four men, and Wright did not make the cut. Scott reached the geographic South Pole only to find that Amundsen had beaten them by days. Bitterly disappointed, Scott and his companions returned to base camp, but were caught in a fierce Antarctic blizzard that raged for days. Too weak to pull their sleds and out of food and fuel, they froze to death. Ironically, as if to underscore the litany of errors that dogged the expedition, they perished only a few miles from a cache of food and fuel. Next spring Wright led a search party to look for the remains of Scott and his party, and it was the sharp-eyed Wright who spotted a small patch of green on a snowy landscape - the tent containing Scott and his companions' frozen bodies.

Wright returned to England and went on to do even more extraordinary things, including inventing trench wireless in WWI, and working closely with Winston Churchill, developing the technology to assist in the allied invasion of Europe in WWII which included developing the first radar installations and inventing the technology that neutralized German magnetic sea mines After a stint as naval attaché to Washington, D.C., and Director of Scripps Oceanographic institute in La Jolla, California, he retired to Salt Spring Island, BC, passing away in 1975. Typically Canadian, Wright was modest about his accomplishments, with few Canadians aware of his amazing life and the extraordinary impact he had on the 20th century.

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best, if not the best book about Scott's 1911-1912 expedition
Return to Antarctica is one of the very best book written about the Scott 1910-1912 expedition. I've read everything printed about Antarctica's Heroic Period. What sets apart Adrian Reaside work is that you'll find inside tons of new information.

Numerous quotes from Silas Wright diary, from Griff Taylor's memoirs and so on. You'll learn what was the relation between all those characters and it's fascinating. We learn, for one thing, that Silas warned Bill Wilson that Scott's calculations about fuel and food rations on the South Polar Journey were all wrong, and he ask Uncle Bill to bring the matter up with Scott.

Naturally, Scott could not care less about the 24 years old opinion...

There are 3 or 4 factuals errors those who knows the Scott expedition real well will find, but those are easyly forgive when balanced with the enormous amount of new material and insights.

Go get the book, now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Return to Antarctica: The Amazing Adventure of Sir Charles Wright on Robert Scott's Journey to the South Pole
This book detailing a generations-long exploration adventure came across as fascinating; author Adrian Raeside did not disappoint. After enlightening the reader of his family's history with explorer Robert Scott's rather obsessed voyages to "conquer" Antarctica, Raeside spells out an informative and slightly humorous look into the "discovery" of the continent, listing with care the many subsequent explorations attempted thereafter by various groups and countries.

Armed with unstinting research, family-held photographs and letters long stored away, Raeside paints a picture of the 1911 and 1912 expeditions of Scott and his crew, one that differed in many ways from the more legendary, "clean-shaven" version that he'd heard growing up. The reader learns of the experiments run by the crew of using snowshoes, VS skis, and how these simple tests aided future explorers. The included photographs depict a story all by themselves, but the maps Raeside drew of the smaller journeys taken--how far they got in so many days--were helpful in understanding better the frightful positions these men placed themselves in. This piece is a candid, studied look at an extreme journey, yet written with more familiarity than a mere documentary.

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3. Edge of the World: Ross Island, Antarctica A Personal and Historical Narrative of Exploration, Adventure, Tragedy, and Survival
by Charles Neider
Paperback: 536 Pages (2001-10-25)
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Author and Antarctic explorer Neider recounts the history of expeditions to the South Pole along with his own adventure stranded on Mt. Erebus after a near-fatal helicopter crash. ... Read more

4. An Alien in Antarctica: Reflections upon Forty Years of Exploration and Research on the Frozen Continent
by Charles Swithinbank
Hardcover: 232 Pages (1997)
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Asin: 0939923432
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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An Alien in Antarctica is an eminant polar scientist'saccount of six expeditions to the "frozen continent" while working withthe US Antarctic Program. The book combines first-person narrative andoutstanding photography to record the events, the feelings, the results,and the memories of conducting research in one of Earth's most remote andhostile environments. This book is not just about science, but aboutadventures in the pursuit of science. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A very fine book
For any one who loves Antarctica andice, this is a wonderful book, written by one of the world's foremostglaciologists.

4-0 out of 5 stars A very fine book
For any one who loves Antarctica andice, this is a wonderful book, written by one of the world's foremostglaciologists. ... Read more

5. Assault on Eternity: Richard E.Byrd and the Exploration of Antarctica, 1946-47
by Lisle A. Rose
Hardcover: 352 Pages (1980-08)
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6. Antarctica: Exploration, Perception and Metaphor
by Paul Simpson-Housley
Hardcover: 160 Pages (1992-09-16)
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Antarctica traces images of the continent from early invented maps up to Roald Amundsen's arrival. Paul Simpson-Housley approaches Antarctica from the perspective of both sea and land explorers, describing their differing perceptions as created by error and desire. Explorers returned with images of both beauty and terror. Simpson-Housley analyzes their writings in diaries, books and poetry. Developing this theme, and focusing on the realist paintings of Edward Wilson and the symbolic poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, he discusses how artistic images were created from first-hand experience of the landscape, as well as contemporary reports and literature. ... Read more

7. Antarctica (Exploration and Discovery.)
by Stephen Currie
Hardcover: 112 Pages (2003-12-05)
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8. Exploration (Antarctica)
by Greg Reid
Library Binding: 32 Pages (2005-07-30)
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1-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
Antarctica Exploration presents a lot of information concisely and in a beautiful format.Plus it gives websites for additional research.It has maps, a glossary, definitions and pictures.Definitely worth owning and reading.I am using this for my college course on Antarctica. ... Read more

9. Antarctic Miscellany: Books, Periodicals and Maps Relating to the Discovery and Exploration of Antarctica
 Hardcover: 220 Pages (1980-02)

Isbn: 0950727008
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10. The Frigid Mistress: Life and Exploration in Antarctica
by George A. Doumani
 Hardcover: 274 Pages (1999-05)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book.A very Good Read
Completed reading The Frigid Mistress in three days, a very good read.It put into perspective a lot of the detail missing from a too brief a visit to the Antarctic Peninsula.On thing is very clear, we were incredibly lucky with our weather compared with what's in the book.The detail of life on those expeditios is very graphic and illuminating; so many other writers leave interesting details out of their accounts.Some American expressions and field words sounded odd, but I have been able to guess, or at least I hoope I have got them right.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
I have just finished reading The Frigid Mistress and would like to say that I enjoyed every word.I almost felt that I had been on the trip myself and endured the discomfort, expectations, satisfaction, and fulfilment.I was fascinating to hear about the day to day problems and all those little things that I have always wanted to know but been too embarassed to ask about.I am sure the book will give pleasure and insight to all readers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wrong Reviewers' Names Listed
The reviewers names listed are incorrect.The same name (Carl Lackey) appears on most reviews.Lackey sent one review only.The rest of the reviews must have other names.Better check your archives and apply the correct names to the reviews.

5-0 out of 5 stars If I could, I would go to Antarctica in a heartbeat.
The Frigid Mistress is simply excellent.As one who only can wish to go to Antarctica, I could not comment on the authenticity, but after speaking to my dad on the subject, I'd say Dr. Doumani hit it right on the nose.I know my father, who participated in these expeditions, also really enjoyed reading the book.I thought it was particularly interesting how the explorers made it around in those early years, let alone survive.And to think that now people can purchase vacations to the same place!

This is a side of my dad that I was really looking forward to hearing about.Dr. Doumani writes in a way that is very informative, yet very easy to read, and at many times humorous.I wish I could think of a way to get down there; I would go in a heartbeat.

5-0 out of 5 stars True strange and stressful circumstances beyond belief
This is an account of isolated winter and several traverses, suffering from mechanical problems, crevasses, whiteouts, blizzards, lack of privacy, physical and emotional malaise, arguments (even fist fights), boredome--in short, the whole list of problems associated with living in an extreme, unusual isolated and confined environment.

To his credit, Doumani is open about describing these difficulties.This is among the every few accounts I have seen that deal with the embarrassment and discomfort attendant upon having to defectae when one is living in a polar vehicle without a latrine, and that give the true feeling of traveling for weeks or months in a small, cramped vehicle with a group of other men, none of whom has washed or changed his clothes during the trip.

By the same token we get glimpses of the excitement, joy, and even ecstansy of going where no man has ever gone before, of collecting truly unique scientific data and specimens, of climbing up rocks, sliding down glaciers, and generally feeling as if one were in a brand new, challenging and intriguing world.

Doumani's book is especially impressive in touching upon many of the topics that figure large in the psychological literature on stressful environments.Such topics as the effects of age differences, the combination of isolation and lack of privacy, the relationship between educational level and the ability to counteract boredom without use of alcohol, the importance of food as a palliative, the swings from good fellowship to withdrawal or hostility, the role of communications with home, and the imprtance of patience and humor, are presented with great insight.In fact, I found it very reinforcing that a geologist would thus pinpoint the very concerns that psychologists doing research in such environments have identified as important.Most unusual of all, Doumani's final chapter deals with re-entry to home and family.This is a major issue, generally ignored in the psychological literature as well as in memoirs:The family, having reorganized itself according to new roles, structures, and procedures, must now reintegrate a long-absent member who expects everything to be just as it was when he left.

Less exciting than the heroic narratives of famed explorers, this well-written book is more forthright than many, and can be more useful as a guide for future research. ... Read more

11. Antarctica As an Exploration Frontier--Hydrocarbon Potential, Geology, and Hazards/Book With Maps (Aapg Studies in Geology)
 Paperback: 154 Pages (1991-08)
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12. Through the frozen frontier;: The exploration of Antarctica
by George John Dufek
 Hardcover: 192 Pages (1959)

Asin: B0006AVW06
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13. Explorations of Antarctica: The Last Unspoilt Continent
by G.E. Fogg, David Smith
 Paperback: 192 Pages (1991-09-12)

Isbn: 030434107X
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In 1991 the Antarctic Treaty and the future of the continent come up for renegotiation. Antarctica is the last unspoilt continent. A landmass with huge potential mineral wealth and key strategic importance, it is the only place on earth where a signed treaty keeps the major nations from exploiting vast untapped resource. The view of Antarctica as an exceptional place worthy of special treatment was hard won. It occurred only after international rivalry in the race for the South Pole had taken its toll in lives, reputations and effort. This book combines illustrations painted from life, with drawings, engravings and historic photographs covering the discovery of the continent. ... Read more

 Hardcover: Pages (1969)

Asin: B003KDT3ZW
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15. The Worst Journey in the World: With Scott in Antarctica 1910-1913
by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Paperback: 528 Pages (2010-04-21)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Published in 1922 by an expedition survivor, this riveting adventure classic recounts the ill-fated expedition to the South Pole led by Robert Falcon Scott. Journal entries by other expedition members complement the narrative, offering an incredible, unforgettable story of struggle and courage in the face of overwhelming odds.
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5-0 out of 5 stars classic travel book
The Worst Journey in the World has been called the one of the greatest travel book in English, and not just by me. At one time it was about to go out of print and was brought back from the edge of death by enthusiasts writing appreciations of it for magazines and newspapers. It is a fabulous, hair-raising page-turner about a group of intrepid Englishmen, part of the doomed Scott polar expedition, who rather breezily set off in the polar winter on a side expedition to the coast to get eggs of the emperor penguin for scientific study. Sub-zero temperatures! howling winds! crummy equipment! arctic darkness! stiff (literally) upper lips! They are all there.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worst Journey in the World is the Best story in the world
It would be difficult to exaggerate the impression this book made on me. Knowing how it ends does not for a second take away any of the suspense and awe of this story. Cherry-Girard is able to make you understand what kept these men going. You grow to admire them, root for them and even to love them. They were such gentlemen. Their bravery was without bravado. Courtesy never lapsed under the absolute worst imaginable strains.
Reading this book made me want to go and see that continent, so beautiful were his descriptions. I did go see it, and would return in an instant if I got the chance.
I am a woman past middle age, and yet this story of adventure and scientific discovery is one of my all time favorite books. Believe me, you will not be sorry you spent some time on Robert Scott's expedition to the south pole. ... Read more

16. The Ice: A Journey to Antarctica (Cycle of Fire/Stephen J. Pyne)
by Stephen J. Pyne
Paperback: 428 Pages (1998-03)
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Explores the physical and organic phenomena of the Antarctic continent as well as its history. With chapters on the geography and formation of the continent, its exploration, its depiction in the arts and sciences, and its geopolitical treatment, the author places the remote land as central to the ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Account of Antarctic Exploration and Exploitation
This ambitious book by Stephen E. Pyne approaches the massive ice-sheet of Antarctica from all possible angles and has been appropriately hailed as a pathbreaking study. Upon its publication in 1986, "The Ice: A Journey to Antarctica" immediately gained credence as a profound exploration of the sublime nothingness of the continent. Pyne touches on the elements of Antarctica emphasized it as a realm of history, a place of dominant landscapes, an inspiration for literature and art, and a scientific treasure trove. He argues that for all of its geology and geography, geomagnetism and weather, biology and boredom, Antarctica remains at sum a diminished location in which water has been transformed into mineral. There are no cultural studies beyond those on the explorers themselves.

As many have commented, the ice of Pyne's characterization is a study in nihilism. According to one reviewer, "The appeal of this rich and awestruck book lies in its author's strenuous attempts to come to terms with the sheer negativity and materialism of Antarctica" (Kirkus Review, available on-line at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ice-Antarctica-Stephen-J-Pyne/dp/1842126741, accessed February 15, 2009). As another reviewer remarked, "Pyne uses two metaphors throughout the book. Antarctica is an information sink, requiring the input of huge amounts of information before it will give anything in return; it is a reductionist, abstract environment, both physically and intellectually alienating. Second, Antarctica is a distorted mirror, reflecting back what each individual and culture brings to it." Pyne offers "a mystical mood in this book that hints that human endeavors in Antarctica will never really touch "The Ice" (Richard Gillespie, review in "Isis" 78 (September 1987): 456-57). Environmental historian Donald Wooster commented about Pyne's Antarctica, "To penetrate it scientifically required airplanes, remote sensors, and advanced crystallography. To apprehend it aesthetically took the modernist evolution in the arts, which has emphasized abstraction, subjectivity, and minimalism."

All of these reviewers agree, however, that this is a powerful, important book requiring consideration in any study of Antarctica.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is as definitive as its title. It is THE book on THE ICE.
This is the seminal book on all that is Antarctic. There was never a book like it, and the likelihood that there'll ever be another in its nonpareil class is nil.

3-0 out of 5 stars As dense as the ice shield...
Like the previous reviewer, I too quailed at the start of this book. Immediately I was plunged to half page paragraphs and dense terms, swimming between excessive description and dense science. But, I'm a geologist. I've been to Antarctica. I knew I could do it...

I suspect that this book will remain unsurpassed for being an all encompassing tome on Antarctica for decades, possibly even centuries ... maybe even until we emerege from this interglacial period and the Western Ice sheet melts, thus giving up the secrets to climate control and Antarctica. I can't imagine much has been left out at all - Pyne is unbelievably, incredibly thorough. Every facet of the ice, and every facet he could think to associate with ice has been methodically slotted into this book. And if he ran out of talking about anything to do with the ice, he'd talk about Antarctica.

But this book is very, very, very, VERY heavy going. I set myself a goal of 25 pages/night - but it still took 2 months to read... Sometimes, I just had to take a break. And as I ploughed ever onwards, I constantly wondered, 'how would someone be able to read this if they hadn't actually been to Antactica???' And other times, I even qualified that with a "would anyone really understand this if they weren't a geologist or in a similar field?' I mean, Pyne can be descriptive, but at other times, adjectives seem to be insufficient, so he swoops into heavy scientific jargon.

I also missed having some diagrams. A few 'colour' photos even... (Ok, colour is a bit misleading - its all white, blue and grey down there...). Antarctica is so stark and sparse, that sometimes, it is just better to look at a photograph of the deep glacier blue of ice (well, actually, WHY ice is blue was something Pyne overlooked in this book, now I think of it! Rainbows and bubbles people...), or a vast plain of continental ice, or the weird solar and weather patterns that can pervade above the ice...

If you can't make it down to Antarctica, but want to become an authority on it, then you can go no further than this book. If wading through the heaviest and densest book written in a long time is something you will need to build up to, the maybe start with something like, Antarctica: The Blue Continent, and see if you want to progress from there - at least then you will have some pictures in mind of what to expect when Pyne melts into deep prose...

2-0 out of 5 stars Heorism - required
The planning to buy this book was detailed and meticulous. Consultations had to be held with interested parties (my sons) and the wait for it to arrive was lengthy - at least ten days.
It was with a sense of mounting excitement that we eagerly surveyed the flat white cover of the package, I could sense our goal. I knew it wasn't going to be easy traversing 428 pages of a book titled "The Ice" but I had completed intensive practical training for this expedition. I was a veteran of Huntsford's "Schackleton", Huxley's "Scott of the Antarctic", Fuchs & Hillary's "The Crossing of Antarctica", the list was long but rewarding. Here was my biggest challenge to date.
The warnings were stark right from the start, the prologue uses half a page to list 72 ways to name ice. I stumbled and nearly gave up. Willpower, only willpower kept me going. I was becoming word blind. Reaching my first goal, the middle, I could only contemplate with horror the trials still awaiting me. "Great God, this is an awful book", I thought as I turned the next page. I wondered if I had the stamina to make it, others before me must have faltered. My son looked at me, "I'm just going out, I may be some time". I could only admire his courage, at having come so far. I ploughed on, yet another reference to Admiral Byrd appeared on the horizon. Until now I had been unaware of his supreme importance as an American and Antarctic explorer. Similarly I had been foolishly unaware of the fact that "...there is nothing in the Heroic age to compare with Ellsworth's all-or-nothing transcontinental flight, even Schackleton turned back..." The fact that Ellsworth achieved precisely nothing is of no importance, he was an American.
Things were looking bleak, stamina was draining fast. A crevasse nearly finished me as I learned that TMW Turner (English) had painted sunsets. I began to lose hope, I was hallucinating, could he really mean JMW Turner who painted ships too, and trains ? It was my darkest hour, all hope was gone. I closed the book.
This is a book for the fanatical written by someone who equates flowery, overblown prose with literature, it is so bad it is almost a parody. If you want to read about the modern Antarctic, read Sara Wheeler's polar classic "Terra Incognita". The best place for Pyne's tome is on an iceberg, drifting slowly out of sight towards the equator.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hard to read but you still can't seem to get enough.
Stephen Pyne is a difficult writer, but the depth and meticulous nature ofhis intelligence pulls you back to him even though you tell yourself tolighten up and read a good mystery. Three cheers to university presses (Uof Iowa and U of Washington) for putting and keeping this book in print.The Ice touches on everything about Antarctica: the history, the landscape,the literature, the geology, the biology. The book is all-encompassing--asis The Ice that is its focus and deep passion. It's worth the effort, andyour vocabulary will never be the same afterwards. You can read a mysterylater. ... Read more

17. Polar Exploration: The Heroic Exploits of the World's Greatest Polar Explorers
by Beau Riffenburgh, Royal Geographical Society
Hardcover: 64 Pages (2010-10-05)
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Produced in association with the Royal Geographical Society, Polar Explorations looks back at a heroic age, when explorers ventured forth to conquer nature's last bastions. It follows the most incredible voyages in history, from the initial navigation of the Northwest Passage to first flights over the Antarctic. There are impressive accounts of Shackleton's famed open-boat journey, Mawson's solo trek across the Polar Plateau, Ellsworth's transatlantic flight, and more. Lesser-known stories of cannibalism, madness, sabotage, and mutiny capture the thrill and danger of these amazing missions.
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18. Before the Heroes Came: Antarctica in the 1890s
by T. H. Baughman
Paperback: 160 Pages (1999-09-01)
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Although the Antarctic ice pack and some offshore islands had been sighted and even landed upon briefly as early as the 1820s, it was not until an eccentric Anglo-Norwegian explorer, Carsten F. Borchgrevink, went ashore in 1895 that a human being set foot on the Antarctic continent. Borchgrevink, snubbed by the British establishment, had stolen a march on several planned competing expeditions from Germany and Scandinavia.
Borchgrevink returned to Antarctica in 1899 with a party that was the first to winter over on the continent. Regrettably, bad weather and unscalable mountains limited their forays inland. Borchgrevink's survival was proof that with adequate supplies, the Antarctic winter was survivable, and that with a better geographic position, the enormous unknown of the continent could be investigated.
Borchgrevink galvanized the British geographical authorities who had come to consider polar exploration their exclusive province. Led by Sir Clements Markham of the Royal Geographic Society, the British keenly felt his blow to their national pride delivered by an explorer they regarded as an arrogant upstart. The RGS pushed forward with its plans, and a tragic competition to be the first to reach the South Pole was set in motion between the British and the Scandinavians.
This work is an account of the first tentative human gropings in Antarctica, concentrating on the coalescing of official and popular attitudes that later resulted in the polar races of Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen, which dominate the story of the "Heroic Era" of Antarctic exploration, from 1901 to 1922.
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4-0 out of 5 stars An Important Prelude
T. H. Baughman's Before the Heroes Came (Antartica in the 1890's) is an important look at the era before the Heroic Age of Scott, Amundsen, and Shackleton.This very slim volume shows the build-up of interest in the Antartic and the politican and scientific forces coming together to propel both the noble and the foolish onto the triumph and tragedy that was the Antarctic after the turn of the century.This book is essential for those with a passion for this frozen land but will leave those looking for another arctic adventure story a little cold.The writing can be a little dry at times and the procession of scientists and sailors whirl by a little too quickly.But for those who want to fully understand man's need to explore the Antarctic, this book will prove essential.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for all Antarctica buffs!
This is a great book, trust me.The Kirkus review is right in giving Baughman praise for his work.Baughman's reasearch is exact and through.The writing style is informative, but is done in a enjoyable narrative that makes the book easy to read.Having studied under Dr. Baughman ( I already got my degree so this ain't puffery) and taken an Antarctic history class from him, I can honestly say that this book is a useful tome for all interested in exploration and students of history alike. ... Read more

19. Antarctica: Exploring a Fragile Eden
by Jonathan Scott, Angela Scott
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2008-10-01)
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Asin: 0007183453
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Weaving together the discovery stories of explorers such as Cook, Shackleton, Scott, and Amundsen, with the ecological stories of whaling and sealing, fishing and climate change, man's impact on this magnificent continent is revealed. For such an austere, frozen, and inhospitable environment, Antarctica is in fact a surprisingly fragile Eden.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Visually impressive and enormously informative
I really liked this book. After reading about five volumes on Antarctic explorers, I decided to buy a book that would allow me to (a) get a visual feel for Antarctica; (b) learn some general knowledge about this frozen continent. In both these respects the Scotts succeed admirably.

The husband-and-wife team of Jonathan and Angela Scott (both award-winning wildlife photographers) have combined three distinct skills in this volume: research; photography and drawing. Yes, they have actually taken the trouble to do their own illustrations. And not only is the quality of their sketches high, but they have not taken the easy way out: all the drawings are done by stippling - a technique which requires real patience to get right.

The main topics covered are: the discovery of Antarctica; the heroic age of Antarctic exploration; the lives of native creatures (on land, sea and air); conservation; and the continent's future both as an unclaimed territory and a bellwether of climate change. I would say that not all of the content was intriguing (I think I skipped the chapter on the Falkland Islands), but what really distinguishes this book is the sense of wonder at the natural world: indeed, the conviction that Antarctica is something to be marvelled at simply permeates every page. Thus it is the strength of the authors' fascination with their subject that really pulls you into their narrative. ... Read more

20. Antarctica
by Charles Neider
Paperback: 468 Pages (2000-03)
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Asin: 0815410239
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Antarctica is a fascinating collection of vivid accounts from the journals of fourteen explorers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars FASCINATING
This is a fascinating compliation of true stories about some of the bravest people ever! Their stories of death, suffering and discovery in THE final frontier of our planet are absolutely riveting! If you"get" why they did it, you'll treasure this book. Even if youdon't understand their reasons for having to explore Antarctica, you'llstill be i for a great read and find a special respect for these truewarriors. ... Read more

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