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1912 The year the world discovered Antarctica

1912 The year the world discovered Antarctica

By Chris Turney

1912 was an incredible year, marking the height of the Heroic Age of Exploration. Curiosity about Antarctica was at fever pitch, and between 1910 and 1914 five teams of intrepid explorers embarked on the greatest race of the era, to travel beyond the edges of the known world and conquer this last great frontier.

Pitted against each other were Captain Robert Falcon Scott for Britain, Roald Amundsen for Norway, Sir Douglas Mawson for Australasia, Wilhelm Filchner for Germany and Nobu Shirase for Japan. 'Conquest of the South Pole!' trumpeted the world's newspapers in March 1912. Amundsen had won. But behind all the headlines, there was a much bigger story.

The exploits of these larger-than-life explorers, often narrated in their own words, thrilled and enthralled the world; the limits of our planet were pushed all the way to the South Pole and the door to Antarctica flung wide open. Drawing on his own polar experiences, Chris Turney reveals why 1912 witnessed the dawn of a new age in our understanding of the natural world. The tales of endurance, self-sacrifice and technological innovation that marked 1912 laid the foundation for modern scientific exploration and have continued to inspire future generations.

1912 is an awe-inspiring journey - part nail-biting adventure, part scientific history - through an ancient and fascinating land.

Published: 2012 by Vintage Publishing

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An Alien in Antarctica

An Alien in Antarctica

By Charles Swithinbank

Reflections upon forty years of exploration and research on the frozen continent.

Published: 1996 by The McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, Blacksburg, Virginia

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ANTARCTIC DESTINIES

ANTARCTIC DESTINIES

By Stephanie Barczewski

Stephanie Barczewski looks afresh at the two most famous expeditions of the heroic age of antarctic exploration, Robert Falcon Scott's Terra Nova expedition of 1910-12 and Ernest Shackleton's Endurance expedition of 1914-16.

Published: 2007 by Continuum Books

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The Antarctic Journals of Reginald Skelton - "Another Little Job for the Tinker"

By Judy Skelton

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Published: 2004 by Reardon Publishing, Cheltenham, England

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Aurora - Douglas Mawson and the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-14

Aurora - Douglas Mawson and the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-14

By Beau Riffenburgh

In 1911 Douglas Mawson organised and led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) - a scientific investigation of the Antarctic on a scale never before considered. At the same time it was responsible foir the exploration of vastly more territory than any other Antarctic expedition. It consisted of three land bases operated by 32 men, seven major sledging journeys (as well as numerous shorter ones), and a full oceanographic programme in addition to its shorebased scientific studies. Yet what was intended by Mawson to be a scientific exercise devoid of heroic adventure, also proved to be a tale of death, determination, and raw courage.

The late Sir Edmund Hillary described it as "the greatest survival story in the history of exploration". The dynamic character of Mawson, the expedition's sheer scale, and that most of what happened on it has never entered the public consciousness were very appealing reasons to investigate such an epic venture. The result is the first examination of the full expedition since Mawson's "The Home of the Blizzard" was published in 1915.

Published: 2011 by

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A Chronology of Antarctic Exploration: A Synopsis of events and activities from the earliest times (700BC) until the International Polar Years 2007-09

A Chronology of Antarctic Exploration: A Synopsis of events and activities from the earliest times (700BC) until the International Polar Years 2007-09

By Robert Keith Headland

A historical chronology of all Antarctic regions compiled during 25 years at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. This book lists the voyages to the far southern parts of the Earth, in particular to Antarctica, from those directly engaged in exploration and research, sealers and whalers exploiting its resources, to those accidental discoveries made by early merchants blown off course.

The author is happy to provide signed copies on request.

Published: 2009 by Bernard Quaritch Ltd

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Climbing the Pole

Climbing the Pole

By JOHN THOMSON

In 1957 on the Antarctic Plateau Sir Edmund Hillary, the great New Zealand mountaineer, raced his expedition leader, Vivian Fuchs, to the South Pole for reasons that were never fully explained. Hilary's actions threw Fuchs' Trans Antarctic Expedition (TAE) into confusion. Examining records that could explain why Hilary acted as he did took the writer into part of the history of the TAE: the part that somehow had escaped close examination for around half a century. CLIMBING THE POLE is the result.

Published: 2010 by The Erskine Press

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The Continent of Antarctica

The Continent of Antarctica

By Julian Dowdeswell and M Hambrey

This book attempts to bring together our accumulated experience of the Antarctic continent, through what we hope is a combination of an accessible but informative text, supported by a series of photographs. The selection of photographs, which are mostly our own, was a particular pleasure, reminding us of the many remote and beautiful places we have seen as part of our scientific work.

Published: 2018 by Papadakis

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Douglas Mawson

Douglas Mawson

By Beau Riffenburgh

Douglas Mawson is often considered the greatest figure in the history of Antarctic science. After making a record-setting sledging journey on Ernest Shackleton's first expedition, he organised and led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, at that time the most intensive scientific effort planned in the far south. On this expedition, Mawson made a remarkable solo journey described as "the greatest survival story in the history of exploration". This booklet examines Mawson's life and expeditions, including his incredible tale of death, determination and courage.

Published: 2010 by Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England

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Due South

Due South

By John Kelly

Due South catalogues moments in time experienced during a journey to Antarctica, the last great wilderness. As selected artist with the British Antarctic Survey, this work is an attempt to present the reality of Antarctica, not simply a visual record, but an account of the emotions and fleeting thoughts of life in the 'freezer'.

Published: 2004 by Signal Books

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Eight Men in a Crate - The Ordeal of the Advance Party of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-1957

Eight Men in a Crate - The Ordeal of the Advance Party of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-1957

By Anthea Arnold

Once the pole had been 'conquered' by Amundsen and Scott, the next great journey was the crossing of the Antarctic continent, first attempted by Filchner in 1912 and then by Shackleton in 1914. As part of the International Geophysical Year, the Trans-Antarctic Expedition was set up, with Vivian Fuchs in charge. He would start from a base on the Weddell Sea and after reaching the Pole continue to the Ross Sea, using supply depots laid by a New Zealand team, led by the conqueror of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary. In January 1956, an advance party of eight men was left at Shackleton base to build accommodation, explore and lay depots to ease the passage of Fuch's team the following year.
The achievement of this expedition still resonates today but the near death experience of the Advance Party at Shackleton base has been largely forgotten. The eight men left only just survived in a dreadful Antarctic winter, living by day in a sno-cat crate and sleeping in tents at night while trying to erect a poorly designed hut with inadequate manpower and equipment. The loss of much of their stores put their survival on a knife edge.

Published: 2007 by The Erskine Press

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Foothold on Antarctica

Foothold on Antarctica

By Charles Swithinbank

The first international expedition (1949-52) through the eyes of its youngest member.

Published: 1999 by The Book Guild Ltd., Lewes, Sussex, England

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Frank Wild

Frank Wild

By Leif Mills

"Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages. Bitter cold. Long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful....." What sort of men would this apocryphal advertisement attract?
None but the brave. Frank Wild was one of those Argonauts who battled against the elements in the frozen lands. When some of the men who had been isolated with the Ross Sea party were eventually rescued, the captain described them as: "Just about the wildest looking gang of men I have ever seen in my life. Smoke-bleared eyes looked out from grey, haggard faces; their hair was matted and uncut; their beards were impregnated with soot and grease. Their speech was jerky, semi-hysterical and almost unintelligible...." Despite the unending hardships, Wild undertook more antarctic exploration voyages than any of his contemporaries over a period of twenty years. This is his story.

Published: 2007 by Caedmon of Whitby, Yorkshire, England

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FROM SOUTH DEVON TO THE SOUTH POLE

FROM SOUTH DEVON TO THE SOUTH POLE

By Paul Davies

Captain Robert Scott led two expeditions to the Antarctic and Sir Ernest Shackleton led three. Each of these expeditions has strong connections with Plymouth and South Devon, with many of the crew and scientists having been recruited from this area.

By examining the contribution of these men to the expeditions and indentifying the many polar memorials and landmarks in Devon, this inspiring period of Antarctic Exploration (1901-22) is brought vividly to life.

Published: 2011 by Kingsbridge Books

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In the Teeth of the Wind

In the Teeth of the Wind

By DIXIE DANSERCOER and ALAIN HUBERT

On 4th November 1997, two Belgian explorers, Alain Hubert and Dixie Dansercoer, set out on an incredible journey. From the coast of Dronning Maud Land they headed south through the most inhospitable terrain in the world to the American base at McMurdo Sound. They intended to cross the Antarctic continent from South to North without any outside assistance.

Published: 2001 by Bluntisham Books, Huntingdon, England

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The Island of South Georgia

The Island of South Georgia

By Robert Keith Headland

South Georgia is a remote and beautiful island with a varied and intriguing history. This extensively illustrated book is the only comprehensive account of the island, combining historical, geographical, commercial, scientific and political events in a remarkable tour de force. The account is written by a former officer of the British Antarctic Survey, Robert Headland, who spent several periods of scientific duty on the island, the first of these in 1977 greatly stimulating his interest in all aspects of this unique environment. He was present on the island in 1982 during the invasion by the Argentinians, and was personally involved with the events there until he surrendered the civilian population of the scientific station and was taken prisoner by Argentinian forces. Details of these and other events connected with the invasion are included in this book.

Signed copies by the author are available on request.

Published: 1992 by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England

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The Japanese South Polar Expedition

The Japanese South Polar Expedition

By Lara Dagnell and Hilary Shibata

The Japanese Antarctic Expedition, 1910-12, under the leadership of army lieutenant Nobu Shirase was the first exploration of Antarctic territory by Japan. After initial scepticism about the expedition, they sailed from Tokyo on 29th November 1910, in Kainan-maru, a vessel only 100 feet in length. They arrived in Wellington on 8th February 191 and three days later departed for the Antarctic

416pp, 8pp colour, 100 photographs and illustrations.

Published: 2011 by The Erskine Press

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Mapping Antarctica- A Five Hundred Year Record Of Discovery

Mapping Antarctica- A Five Hundred Year Record Of Discovery

By Robert Clancy

This book provides comprehensive coverage of the story of Antarctica. The expert team of authors are familiar with the sense and substance of the maps as they relate to Antarctica. It addresses a broad audience: modern cartographer as well as historic map collector.

Everyone likes maps and maps are always used to illustrate the many books on the Antarctic. Here the focus is reversed with contemporary maps telling the story – one that should be attractive to the widest audience as it is a unique approach complementing what has gone before and providing something different for all interested in Antarctica.

Published: 2014 by Springer Praxis Books

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Mountaineering in Antarctica

Mountaineering in Antarctica

By Damien Gildea

Antarctica is home to one of the greatest collections of unclimbed mountains on earth, but Antacrtica is not unexplored. The mountains of Antarctica have a rich history that spans a century. his comprehensive overview of mountaineering in Antarctica encompasses journeys from the Heroic Age of Antarctic exloration, through the expansion of international scientific activity in the later half of the Twentieth Century, up to the modern advenure tourism of the new millenium.

Published: 2010 by Editions Nevicata

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A Narrative of the Life, Travels and Sufferings of Thomas W Smith

A Narrative of the Life, Travels and Sufferings of Thomas W Smith

By Tom Smith

This autobiography contains some of the best first hand accounts of sealing on South Georgia and the South Shetland Islands.

Thomas Smith was born around 1801, under another (yet undetermined) name. At the age of seven or eight he ran away from home, first living with a band of Gypsies and then going to sea on a collier. The rest of his life was at sea. He was serving on naval transports in the Mediterranean during the Napoleonic Wars before absconding. He then made four Antarctic sealing voyages, three to South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, and one to the South Shetland Islands on their discovery. The Falkland Islands were a port of call on the way south.

Subsequently, whaling in the Pacific for sperm whales migrating between South America, New Zealand and Japan, he landed on the Galapagos Islands & Easter Island, and became associated with the revolutionary wars in South America to the east and the Maori conflicts to the west.

Published: 2009 by

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Of Dogs And Men

Of Dogs And Men

By Kevin Walton and Rick Atkinson

The Illustrated Story of the Dogs of the British Antarctic Survey
1944 - 1994

Of Dogs and Men is a book for all dog lovers and would-be adventurers. A nostalgic look back at a unique period in history, it is also indicative of a relationship that is fundamental and has stood the test of time - one of affection, respect and, in many cases, utter dependency.
Kevin Walton, who witnessed the arrival of the dogs in the 1940s, and Rick Atkinson, who was in Antarctica when the use of dogs was coming to an end, are well placed to tell the story in its entirety; from collecting the dogs in Greenland and Labrador; through developing aspects of training, nutrition, breeding and sledging; to the advent of motorised vehicles, the phasing out of dogs and the final journey that took them to new homes in Canada.
Superb photographs from around thirty contributors all of whom worked with the dogs at some point during the last fifty years, tell stories that are triumphant and tragic, funny and sad, earthy and mystical. They also reveal the dogs as courageous, hard-working individuals, to whom we owe a debt of gratitude; for it is to them as much as to men that we owe the pioneering achievements that have taken place in Antarctica.

Published: 1996 by Image Publishing (Malvern) Ltd

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Quest for a Phantom Strait

Quest for a Phantom Strait

By David Yelverton

The saga of the pioneer Antarctic Peninsula expeditions 1897-1905.

Published: 2004 by Polar Publishing Limited, Guildford, Surrey, UK

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Racing with Death

Racing with Death

By Beau Riffenburgh

Racing with Death tells the breathtaking story of Douglas Mawson's Antarctic expeditions, in which he more than once narrowly escaped with his life. His solitary struggle against the odds on his Australasian Antarctic Expedition was described by Sir Edmund Hillary as "The greatest survival story in the history of exploration".

Mawson had been a key member of Shackleton's 1907-09 Nimrod expedition, when he was nearly lost down a crevasse. In 1911 his own Australasian Antarctic Expedition set off for the great white south, establishing base at Cape Denison, which proved to be the windiest place on Earth. Mawson sent out numerous sledging parties to explore different areas. But when first one and then the other of the two members of Mawson's party died, he was left to struggle the hundreds of miles back to base on his own. Despite terrible hardships he made it, only to find that the rescue ship had sailed away, leaving him to face another year in the Antarctic.

Mawson later led a two-year expedition that explored hundreds of miles of unknown coastline. Scientifically and geographically speaking, Mawsons' expeditions were truly groundbreaking, and established Australia as a key player in the Antarctic. Mawson himself, who had complex relationships with both Scott and Shackleton, was changed utterly by his struggles in that harshest of environments and his story, brilliantly told by Beau Riffenburgh, is a fascinating insight into the human psyche under extreme duress.

Published: 2008 by Bloomsbury Publishing, London

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Roald Amundsen

Roald Amundsen

By Beau Riffenburgh

Roald Amundsen was a giant in the history of exploration - the most successful of all polar explorers. He participated in the first wintering in the Antarctic, was the first man to navigate the Northwest Passage, became the first person to reach the South Pole, then was the first to attain the North Pole, and finally became the first to cross the Arctic basin. This SPRI booklet overviews the life, expeditions, and remarkable achievements of this accomplished Norwegian explorer.

Published: 2010 by Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England

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Roald Amundsen's Belgica Diary

Roald Amundsen's Belgica Diary

By ROALD AMUNDSEN

A century ago, a Belgian expedition headed for the Antarctic on board the Belgica, August 1897-November 1899. It was the first Antarctic expedition of a purely scientific nature and the journey provided a wealth of information. The Antarctic explorers were destined never to reach the pole but they became the first people to winter on the Antarctic ice. Amundsen wrote this diary for his own personal use and it provides a fascinating insight into the struggle for survival on the ice during the Antarctic winter and into the pressures involved in being part of a multinational crew.

Published: 1999 by

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SOUTHERN LIGHTS - The Official Account of the British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37

SOUTHERN LIGHTS - The Official Account of the British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37

By John Rymill

Southern Lights is the story of the British Graham Land Expedition (BGLE) led by John Rymill. Often described as the last of the heroic Antarctic expeditions, it was the first scientific venture to the southern continent to incorporate the use of modern technologies of communication and transport with traditional polar methods developed in the Arctic. The BGLE set a pattern of living and working in the Antarctic which influenced all the expeditions that followed.

Many of the young men who journeyed south with Rymill on Penola, a three-masted sailing vessel, had gained experience of Arctic exploration under Gino Watkins. Only four of the sixteen men had previous sailing experience, but Rymill had chosen his team well. His account documents their voyage, the establishment of their bases, almost 3 years of work on the Antarctic Peninsula and their developing expertise with aircraft, dog-teams and polar field work, which was to provide a model for successful Antarctic exploration.

Published: 2012 by SPRI in association with UKAHT

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Tip of the Iceberg

Tip of the Iceberg

By David Price

David Price tells of life at Port Lockroy during the late 1950s, a five man static base dedicated to the science of ionospheres during the last years of the ‘Golden Age’ of Antarctic exploration.
In 1957, this young Englishman joined an expedition to the Antarctic. He was only twenty-two years old. It was to be the big adventure, but almost ended prematurely in a marine accident that could have ended the young lives of himself and his companions.
David Price was a member of FIDS, the British expedition to the Antarctic, which ran British basses in this cold, remote, but beautiful region of the world. Five young men who spent two and a half years alone on a very small island, icebound, with no doctor, mail just once a year and communications that depended entirely on Morse code. The things we take for granted today simply did not exist. This is the story of the sojourn in this far-off place, a story told with humour and insight.

Published: 2008 by UKAHT

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Towards the South Pole aboard the Francais

Towards the South Pole aboard the Francais

By Jean Baptiste Charcot

The first French expedition to the Antarctic (1903-1905). Translated by A.W. Billinghurst with an introduction by Maurice Raraty. Originally published in French, 12 December 1906 by Ernest Flammarion, Paris, as Le "Francais" au Pole Sud.

Published: 2004 by Bluntisham Books, Huntingdon, England

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