Innocents in the Dry Valleys

An Account of the Victoria University of Wellington Antarctic Expedition, 1958-59

Colin Bull

Innocents in the Dry Valleys

Colin Bull

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

267 pages | 81 color plates, 1 halftone, 4 maps, 2 graphs, and 1 line drawing | 6 x 9 | © 2009
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9781602230712 Published February 2010

In the summer of 1958, physicist Colin Bull, along with a biologist and two undergraduate geology students from Victoria University of Wellington, launched an exploration of the Dry Valleys of Victoria Land, Antarctica—the first of what has become an annual expedition spanning the past fifty years. With Innocents in Dry Valleys Bull recounts the story of that first, shoestring expedition, bringing a dry wit—and a clear appreciation of youthful bravado—to accounts of adverse conditions, recurrent dangers, funding snafus, and bureaucratic meddling. Innocents in Dry Valleys is a winning account of a landmark expedition, sure to interest scientists and armchair explorers alike.

Foreword, by Dr Eddie Robertson
Introduction, by Dr Peter Barrett
Author’s note
Dramatis Personae

Chapter 1.    An idea
Chapter 2.    Loife in Noo Zillun
Chapter 3.    Dear Sir, I write on behalf...
Chapter 4.    Go. No, stop!  No, go!  Scott Base
Chapter 5.    Landed gentry
Chapter 6.    An enigmatic lake and a remarkable saga
Chapter 7.    A trip to the seaside
Chapter 8.    And the walk back ’home’ again
Chapter 9.    Alone for a short while, maybe
Chapter 10.  The End.  Wait for the applause!
Chapter 11.  Aftermath

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The Listener (New Zealand)
"Bull’s author description leads off saying he is a “geophysicist, glaciologist and cook” – and that “cook” is no idle mention in a book where eating features frequently, right from the opening of the first chapter: “Oh damn the calorie count! What we’re going to need is food.” Where so many academics bleed the human out of their writing, Bull has gone to great lengths to ensure the opposite. He can overdo his exclamation marks and quips, but Innocents in the Dry Valley is never a dry read as it combines the scientific aspects of the expedition with a real sense of adventure, Kiwi can-do, camaraderie and comic irreverence."
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