Where we've Been
Yeah, we know the icon is boring old leather-bound books. But that's OK because lots of these dead trees are written by or about dead, white males from the so-called "Heroic Age" of exploration. Don't judge the books by their covers or our icon: these - without doubt - are some of the classics of the human spirit, documenting adventures that today seem almost incredible. "The Worst Journey in the World" by Cherry Apsley-Garrard is (ironically) one of the best. Read about how Robert Falcon Scott may not have been quite so rash and foolhardy, but instead ran into exceptionally bad weather (that's Susan Solomon's new intepretation.) Marvel at how Scott's team kept on "man-hauling" heavy rock samples back towards what they hoped would be safety, though they died before reaching their next cache of supplies. Today's explorers are a mix of genders (maybe more in the US programs than in other nations, we're glad to report) but the great literature continues. This is where to find links to online biographies and to the books themselves. Check them out in your school or local library: dead trees can still launch minds and imaginations.