Elizabeth Truswell

Elizabeth Truswell has spent much of her working life as a geoscientist, with an Honours degree from the University of Western Australia and a PhD from Cambridge University. After postdoctoral study in the US, she worked as a palaeontologist and environmental geoscientist with Geoscience Australia. She was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1985, and a Fellow of the Geological Society of Australia in 2009.

In 2000, she received an Honours in painting from The Australian National University and has held a number of solo exhibitions since then. Her works are held in Australia, the US, France and Italy. She has recently been a Visiting Fellow at the Research School of Earth Sciences at The Australian National University, dividing her time between ongoing scientific research and making art.

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A Memory of Ice »

The Antarctic Voyage of the Glomar Challenger

Authored by: Elizabeth Truswell
Publication date: August 2019
In the southern summer of 1972/73, the Glomar Challenger was the first vessel of the international Deep Sea Drilling Project to venture into the seas surrounding Antarctica, confronting severe weather and ever-present icebergs. A Memory of Ice presents the science and the excitement of that voyage in a manner readable for non-scientists. Woven into the modern story is the history of early explorers, scientists and navigators who had gone before into the Southern Ocean. The departure of the Glomar Challenger from Fremantle took place 100 years after the HMS Challenger weighed anchor from Portsmouth, England, at the start of its four-year voyage, sampling and dredging the world’s oceans. Sailing south, the Glomar Challenger crossed the path of James Cook’s HMS Resolution, then on its circumnavigation of Antarctica in search of the Great South Land. Encounters with Lieutenant Charles Wilkes of the US Exploring Expedition and Douglas Mawson of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition followed. In the Ross Sea, the voyages of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror under James Clark Ross, with the young Joseph Hooker as botanist, were ever present. The story of the Glomar Challenger’s iconic voyage is largely told through the diaries of the author, then a young scientist experiencing science at sea for the first time. It weaves together the physical history of Antarctica with how we have come to our current knowledge of the polar continent. This is an attractive, lavishly illustrated and curiosity-satisfying read for the general public as well as for scholars of science.