Putting South Georgia On The Map (Limited Edition)

By: Trendall Alec

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The sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, about 170 kilometres long and up to 30 kilometres wide, lies at the southern end of the Atlantic Ocean, about 2000 kilometres east of Cape Horn. Its icy mountain spine rises nearly 3000 metres out of the ocean, like a misplaced section of the Alps. The island lies well within the cold waters bounded by the Antarctic Polar Front, and more than half of its area is permanently covered by ice and snow. Although South Georgia was visited with increasing frequency after its discovery by Captain Cook in 1775, and was for a long time a busy base for the sealing and whaling industries, a properly surveyed map of the island was not published until 1958. That map resulted from a series of small privately-organised expeditions – the South Georgia Surveys – initiated and led by Duncan Carse. Alec Trendall, who served as geologist with the South Georgia Surveys of 1951-52 and 1953-54, tells for the first time the full story of Carse's expeditions to South Georgia in the 1950s. Putting South Georgia on the Map puts accounts of the three South Georgia Surveys, of 1951-52, 1953-54 and 1955-56, into the context of their leader Duncan Carse's life (1913-2004). In addition there is a chapter which discusses how current conditions on South Georgia differ from those on the island in the 1950s, when it was an important base for both whaling and sealing. A one-page biography of each of the twelve men who joined the expeditions between 1951 and 1956 is included in an appendix, and another appendix presents a new analysis of Shackleton's 1916 land crossing of the island, after his epic boat journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia following the loss of the Endurance in the Weddell Sea. The illustrations were mainly selected from a collection of 1921 taken during the South Georgia Surveys, and now held in the British Antarctic Survey archives. Coloured maps, redrawn from the 1:200,000 map that resulted from Carse's expeditions, show the routes travelled.

Title: Putting South Georgia On The Map (Limited Edition)

Author Name: Trendall Alec

Categories: Polar,

Edition: 2011 First Limited Edition

Publisher: Alec Trendall: 2011

ISBN Number: 0987061402

ISBN Number 13: 9780987061409

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: 216pp, 112 photographs, hardback, Mint. No.47 of only 100 copies numbered, presented in a slipcase and signed by Alec Trendall.

Seller ID: 61418

Keywords: POLAR SOUTH - polar exploration mountaineering alpinism bergsteigen antarctic antarctica south pole discovery travel shackleton amundsen scott antarktis antarctique polaire georgia survey duncan carse british