The Story

We are All Antarctica is a story about my father George W. Gibbs, Jr’s adventures as the first person of African descent to set foot on the continent of Antarctica. He sailed on the famous ship the USS Bear in 1939 to 1941 on Admiral Byrd’s III expedition to the South Pole. It was the first joint venture with the US military and private exploration. Gibbs went on to serve humanity in countless ways, paving the way for not only people of color in the community of Rochester, MN but for all people to become more human, serve their community and appreciate differences.

Through compassion, tenacity, faith and countless hours in the trenches, Gibbs’ life is a model for community service, equality and fun. As the lowest rank on the ship, he was honored for his contribution at a time when people with dark skin were considered less than human.

This story integrates my experiences with natural healing, the arts, the science of the ice, the metaphysics of the South Pole and the history of the expedition and its mystery.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Tropical Antarctica

I'm looking for the date when humans discovered Antarctica to be tropical.  This article about turtle bones found on the continent, in 2010, is one of many that make it sound like this is a recent discovery.

In 1930, a book review for Antarctica Adventure and Research was published in New York Times.  The reviewer stated his critique for author, Griffith Taylor, who makes an understated mention of the coal discovered during Byrd's first expedition.

My excitement builds, as I uncover historical timelines related to Antarctica.

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