Collier en Patricia Graham Collier - Antarctic odyssey.
In the footsteps of the South Polar explorers
This beautiful illustrated account arose from several visits
to both East and West Antarctica by author Graham Collier.
Travelling on small, ice-strengthened expedition ships and
on one occasion a converted Russian icebreaker, he recalls
the stories of the early south-polar explorers, often while
standing on the sites of their triumphs and disasters.
Starting from the Magellan Straits, he visits South Georgia,
Elephant Island (the bleak refuge for the Endurance
survivors for months), and Peter I Island, before venturing
into the unpredictable Ross Sea, with its vast ice barrier,
over which such great adventurers as Shackleton, Scott and
Amundsen set out for the pole.
The names and places are redolent of a celebrated past:
Ross Island and McMurdo Sound, the Beardmore Glacier, Mount
Erebus, and many more, each associated with the feats of
endurance and courage that inspire us to this day.
Graham Collier was accompanied by his wife Patricia, who
took most of the superb photographs that both inform the
text and tell their own story of the breathtaking landscape
and its unique wildlife. From Adélie penguins to
the magnificent and colourful Emperors, the predatory leopard
seals and orcas, and the great wandering albatross - encounters
with these creatures of the Southern Ocean add a further
dimension to the author's experiences.
At once a recreation of the past and an enthralling picture
of the wonders that remain, Graham Collier's journeys capture
the spirit of this only unhabited continent, the last great
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