The Antarctic book of cooking and cleaning : a polar journey by Devine, Carol; Nicholson, Sandy; Trusler, Wendy

By Devine, Carol; Nicholson, Sandy; Trusler, Wendy

A visually pleasing, novelistic travelogue that chronicles the 1st civilian environmental cleanup day trip in Antarctica, a fascinating actual tale advised via anecdotes, magazine entries, vignettes, recipes, and archival and modern photography.

summary: A visually desirable, novelistic travelogue that chronicles the 1st civilian environmental cleanup day trip in Antarctica, an enticing actual tale instructed via anecdotes, magazine entries, vignettes, recipes, and archival and modern images

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How the hell were we going to get these things to Antarctica? We knew what we’d face couldn’t be anything as serious or tough as the challenges endured by old-school Antarctic explorers like Adrien de Gerlache or Ernest Shackleton, but despite understanding scurvy and having the benefit of modern communication, technology and flights to the Antarctic, the variables were still many. It was a make-it-up-as-you-go enterprise based on a shared belief it was worth it. Wendy invited me over afterwards.

Humans have inhabited Antarctica only in the last 100 years. Antarctica occupies a tenth of the earth’s surface. Scientists tell us that the icy continent most resembles the moon of Jupiter: Europa—also thought to hold a liquid ocean beneath its ice. None of us are going to Europa, and only a tiny sliver of the human population will ever be lucky enough to visit Antarctica. I was one of the fortunate few. My first moments on the continent felt as if I had reached both the moon and a kind of paradise amidst those baby blue icebergs.

I also called Greenpeace in New Zealand, as their MV Greenpeace was in Antarctica earlier this year inspecting bases. They kindly said they’d mail me the confidential report and public materials. This can help give me a picture of what we can do at Bellingshausen and the concerns. OCTOBER 19, 1995 // TORONTO, 401 RICHMOND Opening of Wendy’s show. The gallery smells like a forest. Wendy’s burls are smooth, carved wood, those big knobs that grow on trees. I told her the job was hers if she wanted it.

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