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Book recommendations

"Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage" by Alfred Lansing

This book is about the expedition to Antarctica from Sir Ernest Shackleton 1914. In the Weddel Sea the ship "Endurance" became locked in ice. Thus began the struggle of survival of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. All expedition members survived and were back home two years later.

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"The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the Fram, 1910-1912" by Roald Amundsen

This book is about the long trek from Roald Amundsen and his companions to the South Pol. They reached as the first ever the South Pole on 14th December 1911.

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"Shackleton - A Life in poetry" by Jim Mayer

Jim Mayer was the expedition leader of my three-week trip to Antarctica. Jim reveals another side from Shackleton. He found poems, that Shackleton wrote, loved and used to motivate his men, who were often operating close to their physical and psychological limits. Poems influenced his speeches, his letters to his wife and the way he led his men.

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"Shackleton's Argonauts" by Frank Hurley

Frank Hurley was the photographer who took part in the expedition to the Antarctic of Ernest Shackleton. In the book he describes the time after getting stuck in the ise and the struggle for survival. Frank Hurley was among the men who stayed on Elephant Island when Ernest Shackleton and five other men in a small boat attempted to go to South Georgia and to get rescue.

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"Visitor's Guide to South Georgia" by Sally Poncet, Kim Crosbie

A comprehensive and informative guide about South Georgia.

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"Reisebegleiter: Antarktische Halbinsel, Falkland-Inseln, Südgeorgien" among others by Klemens Pütz

An entertaining and informative guide for the journey into the Anarctic about the history, geography, climate, weather, flora and fauna and about the landing sites on the Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, South Orkney and South Shetland Islands.
As far as I know the book is not available in Englisch.

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"Tierwelt der Antarktis und Subantarktis" among others by Klemens Pütz

Very informative reference book for the animals in the Antarctic and the Falkland Islands.
As far as I know the book is not available in Englisch.

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"Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence, and Emperor Penguins" by Gavin Francis

Gavin Francis spent an antarctic winter in the British research station "Halley" as a doctor. Open, informative and entertaining is his book about it.

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Movie recommendations

"Shackleton" by Kenneth Branagh

The movie about the expedition to Antarctica from Sir Ernest Shackleton in 1914 and the greatest survival story of all time.

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"Last Ocean - The toothfish and the battle for Antarctica's Soul"

The Ross sea is between New Zealand and South America in Antarctica and is called "The Last Ocean". The mainland of Antarctica is protected by Antarctic Treaty, but the oceans around Antarctica are not covered by this treaty. The Ross Sea, home of penguins, whales and many other animals is threaten by the fishing industry. The documentary shows this impressively.

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