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Mapping Antarctica A Five Hundred Year Record of Discovery by Robert Clancy, John Manning, Hank Brolsma

Mapping Antarctica A Five Hundred Year Record of Discovery

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Mapping Antarctica A Five Hundred Year Record of Discovery by Robert Clancy, John Manning, Hank Brolsma

Everyone likes maps and maps are always used to illustrate the many books on the Antarctic. Here the focus is reversed with contemporary maps telling the story - one that should be attractive to the widest audience as it is a unique approach complimenting what has gone before and providing something different for all interested in Antarctica.


From the book reviews:

Australia-based authors Clancy (Univ. of Newcastle), Manning (Monash Univ.), and Brolsma (Australian Antarctic Division) have produced a remarkable archive of maps of Antarctica with extensive annotation. ... Annotations to each map, or group of maps, introduce fascinating detail rarely assembled in one place. ... Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers. (J. D. Ives, Choice, Vol. 52 (6), February, 2015)

The fascinating book is about the discovery and exploration of Antarctica. ... is a great read as it provides a comprehensive coverage of the story of Antarctica. It addresses a broad audience from modern cartographers as well as historic map collectors. (, March, 2014)

About the Author

Robert Clancy is a Member of Order of Australia (for Immunology as well as Historic Cartology). He has made about 6 trips to Antarctica, as both a research scientist and as a tour guide (to both the Antarctic Peninsula and Australian bases). He has been collecting maps of Antarctica since 1972, and has written numerous articles on historic cartography of Australia and Antarctica, given many talks on similar topics and curated four exhibitions of maps related to these topics. He has written three books on maps (`So Come They South', `The Mapping of Terra Australis', and `Shaping Australia: 1850-1950'). He is an International Secretary of the International Map Collectors Society (IMCoS) and has received the Inaugural Innovation Award at the University of Newcastle. John Manning has had a long career from 1956 to 2004 in surveying, mapping and geodesy in Antarctica and remote areas of Australia. This includes appointments as head of the Antarctic mapping Section of the Division of national mapping and eventually head of the Topographic Mapping Division, as well as chairman or secretary of the SCAR working group on Geodesy and Geographic information over 30 years until 2002. He has been closely involved in modern Australian mapping of the Antarctic since 1966. He has published some 120 technical papers on mapping cartography and photogrammetry. He was a contributing author to the Readers Digest book on Antarctica . He retired from Geoscience Australia in 2004 as Group Leader Geodesy. Henk Brolsma has had a professional career in surveying and mapping for more than 30 years in different parts of the world. Since 1994 , he has held the position of Mapping officer at the Australian Antarctic Division. In that role he has been in charge of the production of more than a hundred scale maps (small, medium as well as large) of the Australian Antarctic territory in East Antarctica. This also includes a variety of topographic, thematic, bathymetric and satellite mapping. From 1996, he has been fundamentally involved in the establishment of the Australian Antarctic Data Centre and the extended development of its relational data base aspects. This includes an increasing use of aerial photography and satellite remote sensing, such as the application of digital terrain models for ice cap depiction for aviation operations. Today much of his work is involved with the design and delivery of digital online mapping, integrated with selected information such as nomenclature and remotely sensed imagery. He has been an Australian representative in the Scientific Committee for Antarctic research (SCAR) working groups for more than 10 years and is currently the elected chairman of the Standing Committee on Geographic Infrastructure.

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Publication date

16th December 2013


Robert Clancy, John Manning, Hank Brolsma

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328 pages


Cartography, map-making & projections
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