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Book: Terra Nova - Antarctic Voyager by Tony Riches

Book: Terra Nova - Antarctic Voyager by Tony Riches

categories: Book, Terra Nova, Robert Falcon Scott, Adventure, Exploration, History, Antarctica

Tony Riches

Author Tony Richesabout this book: This book is dedicated to the men of the Terra Nova Expedition who risked their lives in the pursuit of scientific knowledge and exploration, sailing through the most dangerous waters on Earth. In 1910 there were still many unanswered questions about Antarctica, so Scott recruited the largest team of scientists ever to visit the continent and they returned with over forty thousand zoological and geological specimens which are held in the British Natural History Museum collection.

The Terra Nova expedition discovered over four hundred species of animals and plants that were previously unknown to science and recorded valuable scientific data that made a significant contribution to our understanding of Antarctica. They also produced the longest unbroken record of Antarctica's meteorological data, which is still the baseline for records to this day.

In the foreword to the book, Captain Scott's granddaughter Dafila Scott writes:

A hundred years after my grandfather Captain Scott's last expedition to the Antarctic, it is now possible to assess not only the tragedy of the deaths of the polar party but also the scientific legacy of the expedition, which was considerable. In this book, Tony Riches gives an account of the expedition and its scientific legacy but focuses first on the interesting history of the Terra Nova, the expedition ship, which proved suitable if leaky for its purpose in the Southern Ocean. He also draws attention to letters written by one of the crew members, Captain Scott's brother-in-law, Wilfred Bruce, which give a first hand account of life on the Terra Nova and include vivid descriptions of different periods during the expedition. These help one to imagine what it was like to be there.

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