Antarctica: Exploration, Perception and Metaphor by Paul Simpson-Housley

By Paul Simpson-Housley

A scene so wildly and particularly desolate...it can't fail to provoke me with gloomy techniques" - so Scott perceived the stark Antarctic panorama in 1905.
Antarctica lines pictures of the continent from early invented maps of Terra Australis Incognita as much as Amundsen's arrival at ninety levels South. drawing close Antarctica from sea after which land, the ebook analyses the differing perceptions of good looks and terror skilled via explorers, the tales they introduced again and the ability of recent pictures refashioned at domestic.

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7 2 THE SEAMAN’S VIEW The terms ‘the seaman’s view’ and ‘the landsman’s view’ are derived from Sir Halford Mackinder’s Democratic Ideals and Reality in which he assessed the geopolitical implications of the ending of the first World War. Perceptions of Antarctica were naturally derived from several sources and may justifiably be termed multimodal. However, the principal input was from the visual sense, and the prize discoveries relied on the visual. Jones (1982) raised the issue as to who first saw the Antarctic Continent.

It moved with a full complement of men and towed sledges at about six miles per hour, its journey being from Cape Royds to Inaccessible Island. Its return journey to the hut took only 20 minutes (Shackleton 1909, Vol. 1: 241). The southern journey commenced on 29 October 1908. They soon experienced thick weather, and thick crusty snow on the Barrier. They found sledging particularly difficult in bad light. No shadows were cast on the surface which then appeared uniform to the eye which in fact it was not.

A constant watch for icemovements was maintained while the ship was there. He then writes of an event which may have taken place on 17 February: At a low place we moored the Southern Cross to the ice sheets by ropes and an ice-anchor. Here I effected a landing with sledges, dogs, instruments and provisions, and while I left the sledge in charge of Captain Jensen with the rest of the Expedition, I myself, accompanied by Lieut. Colbeck and Savio, proceeded southwards, reaching 78°50', the farthest south ever reached by man.

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