Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica

In 1995, British travel writer Sara Wheeler spent seven months in Antarctica, observing scientists from all over the globe. She dallied with Seismic Man, a cheerful Texan geologist with come-hither eyes, unearthed microbe-infested rocks with a 73-year-old Hungarian microbiologist, and survived surprise visits from seals in outdoor latrines. In Terra Incognita, she ably juxtaposes her own adventures with those of original Antarctic legends Ernest Shackleton, Roald Amundsen, Robert Falcon Scott, and Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Whether describing baby seals learning to swim or recalling an utterly silent New Year’s Eve, her luminous narrative offers an engaging, warm portrait of the frozen continent. A

Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica
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