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NEIDER, Charles FUCHS, Vivian) GOULD, Laurence M.) WRIGHT, Charles) Beyond Cape Horn : Travels in the Antarctic. First Edition in dustjacket
1980, 1980 0871562332 / 9780871562333
NEIDER, Charles. Beyond Cape Horn : Travels in the Antarctic. With color photographs by the author. San Francisco : Sierra Club Books, (1980). First Printing. Pp (8),ix-xi,(1),1-387,(1) + 8 pages of colour photos. Map in text. 8vo, blue cloth, silver lettering to spine. With map end-papers.
Charles Neider (b. January 18, 1915 in Odessa, Russia - d. July 4, 2001 in Princeton, New Jersey).
Renard, Antarctica 1137.
"Antarctica is the earth's southern-most continent. Its austerity is so extreme that it has only two indigenous animal specfies (both insects) and a few species of plant microorganisms encrusted in rock. It is without question the coldest place on the globe.
Antarctica is also of tremendous significance to us all. The Antarctic Treaty will expire in less than a decade: conflicting sovereignty claims are unresolved; the possibility of mineral development looms; the ecology is fragile, and affects the biosphere of the planet. At stake is 'an absolutely fresh frontier,' a land 'of surpassing mystery, and beauty.'
In the summer of 1977 Charles Neider made his third trip beyond Cape Horn. This book is the fascinating narrative of that journey.
As a guest of the National Science Foundation, and later of the British Antarctic Survey, Neider went to Antarctica to observe the lives of those who work there, 'to capture the texture of human experience.' It became a journey of self-discovery as well. Shipboard life in the rough southern seas, the psychological rigors of living in this remote land, and the excitement of expeditions in the awesome landscape are conveyed with a novelist's touch.
It was also a journey in time, for Neider looks back into history through the journals ot men who preceded him: Antonio Pigafetta, who rounded the Horn with Magellan; Sir Francis Drake, whose infamous Passage Neider would cross at journey's end; and Captain James Cook, who sailed the uncharted Southern Ocean. Here, too, are Charles Darwin, Richard Henry Dana, the whalers and sealers of the nineteenth century, and the tragic climax of the heroic age: Scott and Amundsen's race for the pole.
Beyond Cape Horn is Charles Neider's tribute to the Continent that is destined to be the last wild place on the earth, as well as the continent on which much of the earth's destiny depends." - from the jacket.
2. Ross Island Revisited;
3. McMurdo Station and Environs;
4. Wright and Victoria Valleys;
5. Conversation with Sir Charles Wright;
6. Glimpses of My Life on the Burton Island;
7. The Southern Ocean: One;
8. The Southern Ocean: Two;
9. Palmer Station, Anvers Island;
10. First Days with the British Antarctic Survey;
11. Glimpses of My Life on the Bransfield;
12. The Palmer Mystery and Argentine Islands;
13. A Talk with Sir Vivian Fuchs;
14. The Hero's Cruise to the South Shetland Islands;
15. Conversation with Laurence McKinley Gould;
16. The Drake Passage and Tierra del Fuego.
I. The Antarctic Treaty;
II. The Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978.
With glossary, selected bibliography, and index.
Very good in lightly edgeworn but unclipped dustjacket. 30.00
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