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1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica (Paperback)
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1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica (Paperback)

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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.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781845952105
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 543 g
Dimensions: 228 x 149 x 29 mm


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"A gripping account of the race to the South Pole, 1912 is a celebration of pioneering explorers and their awe-inspiring achievements. Turney brings the Antarctic adventure to life" -- Sir Ranulph Fiennes
"1912 is a great achievement - an insightful, fascinating and rigorously researched page-turner. Even seasoned Antarctic enthusiasts will find something new here. Fluent throughout, the passages on Antarctic science are beautifully clear. It reveals much not only about the way our planet works, but the debt that scientists like Turney owe each of the six expeditions of a century ago" -- Gavin Francis, author of Empire Antarctica
"As well as casting the Scott-Amundsen rivalry in a completely new light...Turney also unearths documents that appear to show a cover-up in the way the demise of Scott's Polar party was reported... It is perhaps for this single historical discovery that [Turney] will be best remembered" * The Scotsman *
"[An] engaging treatment... The portraits are nuanced" * Nature *
"Fascinating" * Literary Review *

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“1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica”

In 1897 an exasperated John Campbell declared that a “very large area of the surface of our small planet is still almost unknown to us. That it should be so seems almost a reproach to our civilisation.” The problem... More

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