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The rivalry between Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen is a familiar story; what fewer people know is that, in 1912, five separate teams were exploring beyond the limits of the known world: Scott for Britain, Amundsen for Norway, Mawson for Australasia, Filchner for Germany and Shirase for Japan. The Antarctic discoveries made by these brave explorers enthralled the world and forever changed the way we understand our planet.
Chris Turney tells the story of the frozen continent, the heroic trials endured by its explorers and the lasting legacy for future scientific endeavour. Devoting a chapter to each of the five expeditions, he draws on previously unpublished archival material, framing the narrative with the broader idea of the spirit and excitement of scientific discovery.
Writing in an accessible and engaging style, but with the weight of his thorough research and experience behind him, Chris Turney's 1912 is an entertaining and beautifully illustrated history of an awe-inspiring subject. 


'[Bones, Rocks and Stars is] a fabulous, entertainingly written account of the amazing science behind calendars, dates and dating objects.' Tim Flannery


'The new David Livingstone.' Saturday Times


'[Bones, Rocks and Stars is] a rollicking run…lively and well researched, with many fascinating stories.' Michael Benton, author of When Life Nearly Died


'[Bones, Rocks and Stars is] well researched and covers a lot of ground in a splendidly personal style. Highly recommended.' Quarternary Australasia


'[Ice, Mud and Blood is] accessible, informative, gripping, humorous and sobering.' Inthenews.co.uk


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  • Trade Paperback


    July 25, 2012

    Text (Adult)

    362 pages

    RRP $34.99

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