The Roof at the Bottom of the World: Discovering the by Edmund Stump

By Edmund Stump

The Transantarctic Mountains are the main distant mountain belt in the world, an completely pristine wasteland of ice and rock emerging to majestic heights and increasing for 1,500 miles. during this publication, Edmund Stump is the 1st to teach us this continental-scale mountain method in all its gorgeous attractiveness and desolation, and the 1st to supply a accomplished, absolutely illustrated historical past of the region's discovery and exploration.The writer not just has performed huge examine within the Transantarctic Mountains in the course of his forty-year occupation as a geologist yet has additionally systematically photographed the total quarter. selecting the right of the easiest of his greater than 8,000 pictures, he offers not anything under the 1st atlas of those mountains. moreover, he examines the unique firsthand debts of the heroic Antarctic explorations of James Clark Ross (who stumbled on the mountain diversity within the early 1840s), Robert Falcon Scott, Ernest Shackleton, Roald Amundsen, Richard Byrd, and scientists partaking within the foreign Geophysical 12 months (1957–1958). From those files, Stump is now in a position to hint the particular routes of the early explorers with unheard of accuracy. With maps outdated and new, wonderful images by no means earlier than released, and stories of intrepid explorers, this e-book takes the armchair visitor on an day trip to the Antarctic desert that few have ever obvious. (20110303)

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As glaciers move and are eroded or ablated at their surfaces, the older, deeper blue ice will find its way to the surface. Where crevasses open in blue ice they may be bridged by blowing snow, but unlike a bridged crevasse in an area of snow accumulation, which is very hard to spot, in a blue ice field the white bridges stand out in distinct contrast to the glacier ice, and so are easily seen. After three days, the Armitage party reached a point where the main arm of Blue Glacier swings south and tributaries join from the west and the north.

Unusually open water in February 1900 permitted Borchgrevink to sail in along the coastline of Wood Bay for a distance of twenty miles. The upper reaches of Priestley Glacier appear in the left rear (compare with Fig. 11). Campbell Glacier silhouettes the left (south) side of Mount Melbourne, flowing right to left. Meanwhile, the British National Expedition was slowly taking form. Following the International Congress, the Royal Geographical Society petitioned the government to dispatch a naval expedition, but the request was denied.

The men scrambled along the foot of the steep cliV, found a route to climb to the top, and then hiked to the west along the crest. As they walked, they found orange lichens and clumps of green moss. The latter contained a primitive, wingless insect, Collembola, akin to the springtails that had first been discovered at Cape Adare by Borchgrevink’s party. As they reached the corner of the bluV, the men were able to see into the southwestern recesses of the harbor and to look across to the ice tongue that separated them from the bluVs on the opposite shore (Fig.

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