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Murray, C 2005 , 'Mapping Terra Incognita' , Polar Record, vol. 41, no. 217 , pp. 103-112 , doi: 10.1017/S0032247405004249.

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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
Authors/Creators:Murray, C
Journal or Publication Title: Polar Record
ISSN: 0032-2474
DOI / ID Number: 10.1017/S0032247405004249
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