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1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica [Hardcover]

Chris Turney
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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)

"In this highly informative and fitting account Chris Turney reminds us of the legacy left by the polar giants of the Edwardian age – not tracks in the snow heading South, but a body of scientific discovery, analysis and reports that opened up the continent for the first time and continues to inform scientists today" (Henry Worsley)

"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)

"Alongside the science, Turney weaves the human story of that year, and in a fascinating appendix he uncovers new evidence" (Literary Review)

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The enthralling tale of the epic race for the poles and its larger-than-life participants.

About the Author

CHRIS TURNEY is an Australian and British geologist, described by the Saturday Times as ‘the new David Livingstone’. He is Professor of Climate Change at the University of New South Wales and the author of Ice, Mud and Blood: Lessons from Climates Past and Bones, Rocks and Stars: The Science of when Things Happened. In 2007 he was awarded the Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal for outstanding young scientist for pioneering research into past climate change and dating the past and in 2009 received the Geological Society of London’s Bigsby Medal for services to geology.

Twitter: @ProfChrisTurney / www.christurney.com

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