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Land of Wondrous Cold by Gillen D'Arcy Wood

Land of Wondrous Cold: The Race to Discover Antarctica and Unlock the Secrets of Its Ice

Gillen D'Arcy Wood

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 3 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9780691172200
4 stars out of 5
Fergus Fleming
14 Jun 2020

"it comes as a relief to read Gillen D’Arcy Wood’s Land of Wondrous Cold, which seems not to give a toss for calamity"

Wood’s account of their adventures, the last official South Polar expeditions in the age of sail, makes for a good, if abbreviated and slightly breathless, read. But he isn’t really interested in tales of derring-do. His true forte is on display in the scientific ‘Interludes’ that interleave the explorers’ travails. Take Kerguelen Island, a miserable, wind-blown divot of dead volcano that Ross encountered en route to Antarctica.