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Alone on the Ice

The Greatest Survival Story In The History Of Exploration

By David Roberts, 1943-

His two companions dead, food and supplies vanished in a crevasse, Douglas Mawson was still one hundred miles from camp.

On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface.

Mawson was sometimes reduced to crawling, and one night he discovered that the soles of his feet had completely detached from the flesh beneath. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizably skeletal, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, “Which one are you?”

This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders. It is illustrated by a trove of Frank Hurley’s famous Antarctic photographs, many never before published in the United States. 24 pages of illustrations

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Format: Book
Author: Roberts, David, 1943-
Summary: Describes the epic journey undertaken by Douglas Mawson, who suffered starvation, the loss of his team, and a crippling foot injury as he resorted to crawling back to base camp during the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1913.
Title: Alone on the ice : the greatest survival story in the history of exploration / David Roberts.
Publisher Date: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2013.
Subject: Mawson, Douglas, Sir, 1882-1958 -- Travel. Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-1914) Antarctica -- Discovery and exploration
Isbn: 9780393240160 (hardcover) 0393240169 (hardcover)
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Call Number: 919.89 Rob
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Format: Book
Author: Roberts, David, 1943-
Summary: Describes the epic journey undertaken by Douglas Mawson, who suffered starvation, the loss of his team, and a crippling foot injury as he resorted to crawling back to base camp during the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1913.
Title: Alone on the ice : the greatest survival story in the history of exploration / David Roberts.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2013.
Description: 368 p., [24] p. of plates : ill, maps ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Mawson, Douglas, Sir, 1882-1958 -- Travel.
Subjects: Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-1914)
Subjects: Antarctica -- Discovery and exploration
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN: 2012037677
ISBN: 9780393240160 (hardcover)
ISBN: 0393240169 (hardcover)
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Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 919.89 Rob