Mountains of Madness: A Scientist's Odyssey in Antarctica

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Joseph Henry Press, 1 lut 2001 - 269
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This extraordinary book is the first-person account of John Long's two unforgettable "summers" on the southern continent. Told in a highly accessible and entertaining style, Mountains of Madness is the account of his three-month long fossil hunt. As the story unfolds, we learn of both the highs of scientific discovery as well as the grueling yet essential routines that must be practiced every day just to stay alive in one of the harshest environments on our planet. Alternating with the author's wonder at the intense beauty of his surroundings are his immense frustration and boredom that stem from being completely at the mercy of the elements.

Throughout the course of the expedition, danger is never far off in this inhospitable land. Despite having been trained in the art of building snow caves and practiced in the skill of traversing glaciers, Long tells of two brushes with death in just one afternoon. The hair-raising escape from a deep crevasse is fraught with tension-only to be followed by yet another encounter with sudden disaster when the crash of an avalanche buries Long deep in the snow.

 

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Australian paleontologist John Long recounts two fossil-collecting trips to Antarctica, the second of which, in 1991, involved spending several months inland with 3 other scientists. He colorfully ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

Spis treści

1 A Strange and Hostile Land
1
2 Of Heroes Rocks and Fossils
12
Tekapo New Zealand
22
4 Arrival in Antarctica
29
5 Antics on Ice
39
6 A Very Good Christmas
45
7 Dry Valleys Sand Dunes and Rivers
57
8 Back to the Great White South
67
20 Onwards to Escalade Peak
149
21 Im Dreaming of a White Christmas
155
22 On the Snout of the Alligator
168
23 Long Days Journey into Night
172
24 Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Year
181
25 Working on the Portal
188
26 At the Crucible of Shark Evolution
193
27 PickUp Day Problems
203

9 Cape Evans and Cape Royds
75
10 A Flight of Discovery
84
11 On Mr Darwins Glacier
88
12 The First Worst Day of My Life
91
13 Dancing on the Gorgons Head
102
14 Up the McCleary Glacier
110
15 A Room at the Fish Hotel
116
16 The Skua
127
17 The Ascent of Mt Gudmundson
131
18 Over the Mulock Glacier
137
19 Mt Ritchie and Deception Glacier
142
28 Base Blues and Arrival Home in Australia
207
29 So Much for the Afterglow
213
30 Reflections from the Ice
219
Epilogue
223
Appendixes
225
What I Liked and Disliked About Antarctica Appendix 1
227
References and Source Material
231
Acknowledgments
235
Index
237
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