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Chris Turney

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Australian earth scientist Chris Turney has written three books to critical acclaim – 1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica;Bones, Rocks and Stars: The Science of When Things Happened; and Ice, Mud and Blood: The Science of When Things Happened. He has also contributed to The New York TimesThe Times (UK) and New Scientist.

Turney was the first recipient of the INQUA Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal for pioneering research into climate change (2007), recipient of the Philip Leverhulme Prize (2008), the Geographical Society of London's Bigsby Medal (2009) and the AAS's Frederick White prize. He is currently Professor of Climate Change and Earth Sciences at the University of New South Wales.

Books by Chris Turney


When Australian-based scientist Chris Turney’s expedition got stuck in the Antarctic ice in 2013, it brought global attention to the dangers of the world’s least-known continent – and its fragility. Turney tells his own dramatic tale against the backdrop of the compelling history of Antarctic exploration and inspired by fears for the continent’s future.

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The final preparations for a journey to the bottom of the world.