Wild Sea 1

A History of the Southern Ocean

by Joy McCann

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/06/2018

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Latitude 54° 02′ South, Longitude 37° 14' West: Prion Island, South Georgia

Unimpeded by any landmass and flowing completely around the Earth from west to east, the wild and elusive Southern Ocean ebbs between the seasonally shifting icy continent of Antarctica and the southern coastlines and islands of Australia, New Zealand, South America and South Africa.

Weaving together sea captains’ journals, whalers’ log books, explorers’ letters, scientific research and ancient beliefs with her own voyage of discovery, Joy McCann reveals the secrets of a little-known ocean and its importance as a barometer of climate change.

‘Written with intensity and excitement, Wild Sea is a poetic exploration of a vast, wondrous ocean and a ripping yarn.' Tom Griffiths
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Joy McCann

Joy McCann is a historian specialising in environmental, cultural and political history.

She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the ANU School of History and Honorary Research Associate with the Centre for Environmental History.

She has worked extensively as a public historian, researcher and curator in the cultural heritage, museums and libraries sector.

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5 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • For every person who looks at our seas with wonder

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    Joy McCann has brought together familiar and for me often totally unfamiliar aspects of the story of the great Southern Ocean. Each chapter is carefully woven from the time of Gondwana, the explorations, the mapping, the discoveries, the peoples and the wildlife, the exploitation and the efforts to conserve. The people linked to our growing knowledge of the Wild Sea are alive on the page. I needed the map on page 143 before I found it but now it is marked ready for the next reading. I have lent my copy and bought a second for a gift. Enjoy!

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