The cold rush

What has India got to show after 20 years on the Antarctica research bandwagon? Lack of focus

Published: Monday 30 June 2003

The cold rush

-- Desolate, cold, inhospitable, relegated to the backyards of exploration and knowledge. Antarctica did not emerge from this unfortunate fate till less than 100 years ago, before which, whalers and seafarers were its only visitors. Cartographers barely acknowledged its presence (or chose to ignore it altogether). And the first explorations, which began in early 20th century, remained restricted to the enormous continent's fringes.

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