1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica by Chris Turney – review

A cup of boiling water thrown in the air will freeze with a whoosh – Frances Stonor Saunders on life and exploration in the AntarcticI know more about continental breakfast than continental drift, but apparently the latter accounts for the fact that the south pole doesn’t stay still. It drifts at a rate of about 10 metres a year, and because of the Earth’s axial tilt (a complicated scenario of rotational obliquity – pass me another croissant), it also wobbles. Every New Year’s Day, the pole’s marker is moved to indicate its new position, though in the time it takes to drive the marker into the ice-pack the pole has already shifted slightly.There are other poles on Antarctica, and they too move around, pursued by scientists with their markers. There’s the pole of inaccessibility, f…
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