1st Edition

Antarctic Peninsula & Tierra del Fuego: 100 years of Swedish-Argentine scientific cooperation at the end of the world Proceedings of "Otto Nordensjold's Antarctic Expedition of 1901-1903 and Swedish Scientists in Patagonia: A Symposium", Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 2-7, 2003

Edited By Jorge Rabassa, Maria Laura Borla Copyright 2007
    214 Pages 84 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    230 Pages 84 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This symposium, held in Argentina in March 2003, commemorates Otto Nordenskjöld’s 1901 expedition, and pays tribute to the Swedish and Argentinian explorers who took on the challenge of early fieldwork in Patagonia and Antarctica. This theme is extended to include recent fieldwork in the natural sciences in the Archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, the Antarctic Peninsula and the sub-Antarctic seas, and celebrates the fruitfulness of continuing Swedish-Argentinian scientific cooperation.

    The symposium and associated activities took place in the cities of Buenos Aires, La Plata and Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), and this book includes a selection of the most significant contributions presented at the meeting.


    Part 1. Natural History

    EDGARDO ROLLERI: The work of Nordic geologists in Argentina

    JAN LUNDQVIST: Carl Caldenius and other links between the Nordenskjöld expedition and recent Argentine–Swedish cooperation in Quaternary geology

    CHRISTIAN HJORT, ÓLAFUR INGÓLFSSON and KENT LARSSON: Straddling the Drake Passage. A summary of Otto Nordenskjöld´s and his geological co-worker´s achievements in Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and the Antarctic Peninsula

    PER HOLMLUND and STIG JONSSON: Swedish glaciological work around the Weddell Sea during the last century

    MARCELO A. REGUERO and ZULMA GASPARINI: Late Cretaceous-Early Tertiary marine and terrestrial vertebrates from James Ross Basin, Antarctic Peninsula: a review

    ROBERTO C. MENNI and LUIS O. LUCIFORA: An appraisal of the report by Einar Lönnberg (1905) on fishes collected by the Swedish South Polar Expedition

    INGIBJÖRG S. JÓNSDÓTTIR: Botany during the Swedish Antarctic expedition 1901-1903

    SUSANA B. DIAZ, GUILLERMO A. DEFERRARI, PAULA K. VIGLIAROLO, DON W. NELSON, M. CAROLINA CAMILIÓN and CLAUDIO E. BRUNAT: Ozone and UV-B irradiances over Antarctica in the last decades

    OSCAR BIANCIOTTO, LUIS PINEDO, NEMESIO SAN ROMÁN, ALICIA BLESSIO, EVA MARÍA KOCH and CÉSAR B. COSTA: Salt-marsh vegetation as biological indicator of increased solar UV-B radiation consequence of ozone global depletion.

    MARCELA CIOCCALE and JORGE RABASSA: One hundred years ago: The Swedish Expedition to the South Pole (October 16th, 1901, Göteborg-December 2nd, 1903, Buenos Aires). Its scientific production and historical implications

    Part 2. Human Sciences

    NOEMÍ M. GIRBAL-BLACHA: Pioneers of scientific cooperation. About memory, oblivion and representations of the past

    AANT ELZINGA: South Polar imaginations and geopolitical realities – Contextualising Otto Nordensjöld’s scientific internationalism and its limits

    TORGNY NORDIN: Open horizons: A trek through Otto Nordenskjöld’s many landscapes

    MONIKA SCHILLAT: Pemmican and penguin-breast, but no pie. Daily problems of Polar explorers during the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration

    LISBETH LEWANDER: To remember and restore the Argentine rescuers of the Nordenskjöld Expedition 1901-1903

    ERNESTO L. PIANA, MYRIAN R. ALVAREZ and NADIA S. RÚA: Sea nomads of the Beagle Channel and surrounding areas


    Jorge Rabassa was born and educated in La Plata, Argentina where he got his degrees in Geology at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Museum, University of La Plata. He did research on the Glacial Geology on James Ross Island, Antarctic Peninsula, between 1980 and 1982, in some of the same areas visited by the Nordenskjöld Expedition of 1901-1903. He has visited the Antarctic Peninsula several times on board of Antarctic Cruises as Lecturer. He is currently a Principal Investigator of CONICET at CADIC, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina and a Professor of Geography at the University of Patagonia in Ushuaia. His main fields of interest are Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.

    María Laura Borla was born in Buenos Aires where she graduated in Tourism. Since 1986 she has worked as a nature-oriented guide in Tierra del Fuego and has traveled to Antarctica aboard A.R.A. Bahía Paraíso in 1987-1989, visiting some of the over-wintering areas where the Swedish-Argentine expedition took place. She has carried out research on Nature-Oriented Tourism and got a Master’s degree in this field and is the author of the book "Exploring Tierra del Fuego" (edited in Ushuaia in 2001, 2nd edition 2005), among other publications. She also works as a Spanish-English-French interpreter in Ushuaia.