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To The Ends of the Earth, the History of Polar Exploration, by Richard Sale
hardback
dj
very good condition
2002
224pp

The history of individual Polar expeditions has been told many times, but usually only as personal accounts of individual adventures. This misses the overall context of polar exploration - why the British depended on ponies - plant-eating animals - on the only continent where plants don't grow, why Franklin's men perished when the local Eskimos were eking out an existence around them (and finally reporting Franklin's demise), and why the Scandinavians were always better than anybody else. The first map of Antarctica was produced in 1556 - the Vikings visited the Arctic 1000 years before. In the 21st century, the US Base at the South Pole is manned 365 days a year. "To the Ends of the Earth" tells the whole story of how the two last wildernesses, at either end of the world, were discovered, conquered and tamed.
Table of Contents

Before the heroes came; passages to Cathay; explorers in the North; whalers in the South; striving for the Poles; after the Poles; the Poles today.
About the Author

Richard Sale is an experienced explorer who has climbed and trekked all over the world, but is most at home in the Arctic and higher terrains. His previous accounts of Arctic travel appear in Arctic Odyssey and On Top of the World.
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