The Geographic South Pole is a place of paradox. It is a point around which the Earth, quite literally, pivots; yet it has a habit of falling off the edge of our maps. An invisible spot on a high, featureless ice plateau, the Pole has no obvious material value, but is nonetheless a much sought-after location. The endpoint of exploration's most famous 'race' between teams led by Robert F. Scott and Roald Amundsen, the Pole has more recently become a favoured destination of 'extreme' tourists. Like the whole of Antarctica, '90 South' does not belong to any nation, but six national claims meet there, and for nearly sixty years the US has occupied the site with a series of scientific stations. The Pole is a deeply political place.In South Pole Elizabeth Leane explores the important challenges that this strange place poses to humanity. What is its lure? How and why should people live there? How can creative artists respond to its apparent blankness? What can it teach us about our planet and ourselves? Along the way, she considers the absurdities and banalities of human engagement with the Pole.Ranging from the ancient Greeks to the present, and featuring spectacular images of the South Pole, this book offers a fascinating history of the symbolic 'heart' of the Antarctic.
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 x 18 mm
"South Pole is an enticing cultural and natural history of this real and yet elusive place."-- "Sydney Morning Herald"
"South Pole is well-written, beautifully produced on fine quality paper and well illustrated, with over half the photographs, paintings and diagrams in color . . . a particularly well-produced book, well written and interesting to read."-- "Geological Journal"