Alasdair McGregor (ed.): Antarctica

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September 2011, no. 334

Alasdair McGregor (ed.): Antarctica

Reviewed by
September 2011, no. 334

Antarctica as a climatic bellwether

James Bradley

 

Antarctica: That Sweep of Savage Splendour
edited by Alasdair McGregor
Viking, $39.95 hb, 352 pp, 9780670074426

 

On 18 January 1773, less than twenty-four hours after first entering Antarctic waters and concerned by the ice gathering around the Resolution, Commander James Cook surveyed the waters. A few hours later he wrote in his journal: ‘From the mast head I could see nothing to the Southward but Ice, in the Whole extent from East to WSW without the least appearance of any partition.’

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