A Five Hundred Year Record of Discovery

Robert Clancy, John Manning and Henk Brolsma

MAPPING ANTARCTICA: A Five Hundred Year Record of Discovery From the time of Ptolomy, men suspected the existence of a large land mass far to the south. Over the centuries, this suspicion slowly grew, until in 1773 James Cook's voyages around the continent confined any land mass to within the Antarctic Circle. Cook's discovery of thousands of seals initiated an invasion of sealers from around the world who, migrating along the Scotia Arc, further helped to define the limits of the land mass. By 1850, a series of circumnavigations and science-based expeditions searching for the southern magnetic pole had sketched out an Antarctic perimeter.

The late 19th and early part of the 20th centuries saw a series of interlinked national expeditions and became known as 'The Heroic Age'. During and after the Second World War, many nations began to take a primary interest in the Antarctic at a political level. Science programmes, especially the International Geophysical Year of 1957-1958, which established coordinated research, and the Antarctic Treaty that followed, have lead to a further understanding about the Antarctic and it environs.

Mapping Antarctica is about the discovery and exploration of Antarctica, using contemporary maps - most very rare - to tell the story. They represent all the major events, and allow an unusual visual appreciation of change over a relatively short period of time. As well as enabling the wider importance of Antarctica to be recognized, the book's timeframe also allows an assessment of the changes in cartography and the shift in sophistication.

Table of Contents

List of unnumbered figures, and table
List of abbreviations and acronyms
Map of Antarctica

1. Arctic and Antarctic regions are not poles apart
2. Drivers of discovery
3. Antarctica - the concept: From Ptolemy to Cook
4. Antarctica - the reality: From Cook to the International Geographical Congress
5. Antarctica - the heroic age: Heroes, legends, and land
6. Antarctica - wings over the continent: From Wilkins to war
7. Antarctica 1940-1960: A second world war and a new order of business
8. Consolidation of political interest and national mapping programs (1950-2010)
9. Antarctic science comes of age: window on the world (1960-2010)
10. Atlas maps


Extent: 328 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Hardback
Published: 2014
ISBN: 978-94-007-4320-5

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