Antarctica: India's Journey to the Frozen Continent

Paper Type: Art Paper (Matt) | Size: 267 mm x 197 mm
All colour; 157 photographs; 154 pages; Hardback
ISBN-10: 9381523746 | ISBN-13: 978-93-81523-74-2

 995 |  35 |  20

Antarctica, a land of mystery and wonders, is the Earth’s last great wilderness. Fifty million years back, it had evergreen forests with many types of animals and plants. Today, the continent is a white desert and known to be the coldest, driest, stormiest, windiest and the most inaccessible place in the world. A continent of extremes with nearly six months of continuous day and about six months of continuous night, the lowest temperature of -89.6°C and wind speeds up to 190 km per hour during blizzards make this continent a unique place on Earth. This no-man’s continent has nearly 90% of the world’s freshwater deposit in the form of ice. If the ice is allowed to melt, the earth’s sea level will rise by several metres thus submerging a major part of the earth under water. India’s journey to this remote, isolated and extreme continent began in search of knowledge and for unravelling its mystery, Antarctica: India’s Journey to the Frozen Continent is about a journey, a mission, an initiative, a challenge, an adventure, a dream and finally establishing the scientific capability of India in the world. This book not only describes the beauty of this enigmatic continent and origin of India’s Antarctic venture but also gives a first-hand experience of two different persons: One, a leader and the founder of India’s Antarctic programme and the other, a research scholar who undertook his maiden journey to this continent.

Dinabandhu Sahoo
Dinabandhu Sahoo

Dr Dinabandhu Sahoo, a faculty member at the Department of Botany, University of Delhi, was the first Indian student to visit Antarctica during 1987-88 in the seventh Indian scientific expedition. He has visited all the seven continents and five oceans within a record time of eighteen months. He was a visiting fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, INSA-JSPS visiting fellow, Japan He is the recipient of several awards including the award from the National Environmental Science Academy, India for his outstanding contribution in the field of Marine Science.

Syed  Zahoor Qasim
Syed Zahoor Qasim

Late Syed Zahoor Qasim was the director of the National Institute of Oceanography and was appointed as the founder secretary in the Department of Environment, Government of India, in 1981. In 1982, he took over as the secretary of the newly-established Department of Ocean Development. Dr Qasim led India’s first expedition to Antarctica in December 1981 and successfully organised and guided seven other expeditions till 1988. Known as the ‘Ocean Man of India’ and the ‘Antarctica Hero’, he was elected as the general president of Indian Science Congress Association. He has also held the positions of Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Milia Islamia and Member, Planning Commission, Government of India. Dr Qasim has been awarded several national and international awards including the Oceanology International Lifetime Achievement Award of UK, the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri by the Government of India.