The Coldest March by Susan Solomon
Scott`s Fatal Antarctic Expedition

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This riveting book tells the tragic story of Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his British team who in November 1911 began a trek across the snows of Antarctica, striving to be the first to reach the South Pole. After marching and skiing more than nine hundred miles, the men reached the Pole in January 1912, only to suffer the terrible realisation that a group of five Norwegians had been there almost a month earlier. On their return journey, Scott and his four companions perished, and their legacy, as courageous heroes or tragic incompetents, has been debated ever since. Susan Solomon brings a scientific perspective to understanding the men of the expedition, their staggering struggle, and the reasons for their deaths. Drawing on extensive meteorological data and on her own personal knowledge of the Antarctic, she depicts in detail the sights, sounds, legends, and ferocious weather of this singular place. And she reaches the startling conclusion that Scott's polar party was struck down by exceptionally frigid weather - a rare misfortune that thwarted the men's meticulous predictions of what to expect. Solomon describes the many adventures and challenges faced by Scott and his men on their journey, and she also discusses each one's life, contributions, and death. Her poignant and beautifully written book restores them to the place of honour they deserve.
 

About Susan Solomon

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Susan Solomon is senior scientist at the Aeronomy Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, Colorado. An acknowledged world leader in ozone depletion research, she led the National Ozone Expedition and was honored with the U.S. National Medal of Science in 1999 for "key insights in explaining the cause of the Antarctic ozone hole", Among her many other distinctions is an Antarctic glacier named in her honor.
 
Published September 1, 2001 by Yale University Press. 416 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Science & Math, Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Out to set the record as straight as she can, and provide a complete picture of the expedition—balanced by short lead-ups to each chapter in the form of a contemporary Antarctic visitor narrating his experiences on a visit to the wondrous polar landscape—Solomon debunks the more outlandish accusa...

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''From the moment Scott chose to use ponies rather than dogs,'' she states, ''the outcome of any race with Amundsen could have been altered only if a natural catastrophe had befallen the Norwegians.'' If weather played a decisive part in the t...

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A Fabulous Kingdom: The Exploration of the Arctic Charles Officer and Jake Page Oxford University Press £17.99, pp222 The Coldest March: Scott's Fatal Antarctic Expedition Susan Solomon Yale University Press £19.95, pp383 Stories of polar exploration are clearly answering a powerful cultural need...

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The book could get lost among the many polar adventure tales, though Solomon's fluid, accessible writing, her five-city tour and events at the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian may distinguish it from the crowd.

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