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New book tells the story of season one

by Stein Tronstad last modified 2008-09-29 14:35

Jan-Gunnar Winther, our expedition leader during season one and the director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, has published his account of the journey in an exquisite and richly illustrated volume.

New book tells the story of season one

Dust jacket

The book, published by Gyldendal, is titled "Klimagåten Antarktis", referring to the elusive role of the Antarctic icecap in the global climate system. The book is published in Norwegian, but is likely to be translated in English in an updated edition after the second traverse season.

The text was mainly written during the first season, while the author was travelling the 2500 kilometers from Troll Station to the South Pole together with 11 scientists and technicians from four countries. 

In the book, Jan-Gunnar's personal account of the journey is interlaced with facts about climate, Antarctic research and exploration history, and reflections over the challenges of leading a complex, international scientific effort in the most remote region of the planet.

The second phase of the traverse, the return journey from the South Pole to the Troll Station, is now in its final stages of preparation. The first crew members will leave for Antarctica in just a few weeks, and the departure from the South Pole is scheduled for December 15, 2008.


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