Blog posts tagged with 'antarctica'

100th Anniversary of Shackleton's Voyage
One hundred years ago, on December 5, 1914 Ernest Shackleton set out from South Georgia with a crew of 26 men and one stowaway, teams of sled dogs and a much-loved cat, with the goal of crossing the Antarctic continent. While his mission was aborted when his ship Endurance was crushed in the ice flows, today we celebrate the heroic journey that followed, which saw every man home again. One hundred years later the legend continues to be told, through a new graphic novel and a recently released biography of the hero, and through other books on the expedition, including the classic Endurance by Alfred Lansing, released this year in a 100th anniversary edition.
Penguins: The Ultimate Guide
From their humorous antics on land to their surprising grace in the sea, penguins have become one of the world’s most beloved birds. Their endearing behavior, expressive moods and impressive endurance have made them the subject of both entertainment and serious study. Sharing their passion for the flightless birds, wildlife photographers Tui De Roy, Mark Jones and Julie Cornthwaite collaborated to produce a stunning volume documenting 18 species of penguins, including those rarely photographed. Filled with 400 vivid full-color images, informative text and tips about where to watch penguins, this is the ultimate guide for penguin lovers.
Endurance: The 100th Anniversary Edition

One hundred years ago Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 26 men (plus one stowaway) set sail for Antarctica with plans to cross the uncharted continent on foot.  But in January 1915, after six weeks of rough navigation through the closely packed ice of the Weddell Sea, the ship was trapped and, ten months later, crushed by the ice floes that had held it prisoner. And that’s just the beginning of the story.

Vostok, Antarctica
Kindly contributed by Jason Anthony, author of Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day, and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine, one of the lucky few who has visited the coldest place on Earth, and veteran of eight seasons in the Antarctic. Anthony was working as a U.S. Antarctic Program fuels operator when he was called to remote Vostok Station. The most isolated of the Antarctic research station (the Antarctic Peninsula this is not), no one gets to Vostok, loneliest and coldest of the Antarctic outposts. "Murmured Russian syllables followed me into the empty dining room.
Bob Burton's handy new Field Guide to the Wildlife of South Georgia features full-color, full page-photographs of the birds, marine mammals and plants of this most spectacular of the Subantarctic islands. Burton reeled in noteworthy experts to provide individual accounts, including WildGuides stalwart Robert Still (
Gone Missing...In Antarctica
Maria Semple, novelist and screenwriter who did time writing for Beverly Hills, 90210, Ellen, Mad About You and Arrested Development, brings her comic sensibility to Where'd You Go, Bernadette but that's not what got me hooked.
In Search of the South Pole
In Search of the South Pole, the best book we've seen on polar exploration in many a year, captures the ambition, romance and thrill of adventuring in Antarctica. Kari Herbert (daughter of polar explorer Sir Wally) and husband Huw Lewis-Jones collared an international who's who of explorers, historians, scientists and polar experts for this irresistible portrait of place.
Celebrating South Pole 100
Bravo, Amundsen! "And at last we reached our destination," wrote Roald Amundsen 100 years ago on December 14, 1911 at the South Pole. The Prime Minister of Norway is already at the Pole, the King of Norway will unveil a new national monument, and "Framheim, A Village Under the Ice," a reconstruction of Amundsen's long-lost winter quarters, opens Wednesday at the Fram Museum. Naturally, the day-long festivities took place outside.
Deception Island
Kindly Contributed by Joan Boothe, Antarctic traveler and author of The Storied Ice: Exploration, Discovery, and Adventure in Antarctica’s Peninsula Region.
“When I was eight or nine years old, I read about Scott and Amundsen and the “Race for the South Pole,” and from then on, I was hooked on Antarctic history and things Antarctic in general. Antarctica became a passion for me, even as I spent my life in the worlds of economics, finance, and business. Decades passed before I was able to visit Antarctica.
Ross Island, Antarctica
Kindly contributed by Ed Larson, professor of history, traveler and author of An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science. Travel is one of my passions. Since graduation, I have visited nearly 100 countries and all seven continents, much of it with a backpack and traveling locally by train or bus.  Yet when asked to compare those trips, I inevitably say that my favorite overseas experience was the two and one half months that I spent with the