Antarctica: A Biography by David Day PDF

By David Day

for hundreds of years it used to be suspected that there has to be an undiscovered continent within the southern hemisphere. yet explorers did not locate one. On his moment voyage to the Pacific, Captain cook dinner sailed additional south than any of his opponents yet nonetheless did not sight land.

It used to be no longer till 1820 that the continent's frozen coast was once ultimately sighted. Territorial contention intensified within the 1840s while British, American, and French expeditions sailed south to chart extra parts of the continent that had grow to be known as Antarctica. For the approximately centuries because, the race to assert specific ownership of Antarctica has gripped the mind's eye of the world.

Antarctica: A Biography is the 1st ever significant foreign historical past of this forbidding continent - from the eighteenth century voyages of discovery to the fierce rivalries of this day, as governments, scientists, environmentalists, and oil businesses compete for keep watch over. On one point it's the tale of explorers combating the weather within the so much adverse position on the earth as they attempt for private triumph, advertisement achieve, and nationwide glory. On a deeper point, it's the tale of nations
seeking to include the Antarctic into their very own nationwide tales - and to say its frozen wastes as their own.

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