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Murray, C (2005) Mapping Terra Incognita. Polar Record, 41 (217). pp. 103-112. ISSN 0032-2474

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Abstract

The theorizing of a southern continent formore than twomillennia before the discovery of Antarctica and
its long representation in maps are phenomena unparalleled in the history of geography and are well known. However,
the epistemological implications of the mapping of this non-existent place have received little consideration. After
preliminary remarks about present-day remote imaging of Antarctica and limits to the completeness of all mapping
and knowledge, the article discusses the representation of the southern Terra Incognita in examples of mediaeval and
Renaissance maps. It is argued that filling in blank spaces both reflected a yearning for complete knowledge and
provided an opportunity for non-geographical discourse that is missing in maps today.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Polar Record
Page Range: pp. 103-112
ISSN: 0032-2474
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1017/S0032247405004249
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C Murray

Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2008 01:48
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:50
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