Margaret Winslow - Over My Head (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 7:00pm

In her fascinating travel memoir, Margaret Winslow offers a compelling glimpse into her misadventures as an inexperienced geologist as she begins pioneering field research in southern South America. Beginning in the mid-1970s, Winslow details her unforgettable experiences that include clinging to a ledge alone as the tide rises over her boot tops, facing near-death experiences with killer whales, and encountering an antediluvian creature with a cavernous mouth and yellow teeth—all while tracing her evolution from an ill-prepared beginner to a competent leader.

Over My Head: Journeys in Leaky Boats from the Strait of Magellan to Cape Horn and Beyond captures one woman’s historic journeys into uncharted fjords and trackless forests as she attempts to navigate through the almost exclusively male world of field geology and discovers she must learn to rely on her own inner compass in order to survive.

Margaret Winslow is a field geologist with over thirty years of wilderness experience. She has published over thirty papers in international scientific journals and her fieldwork on earthquake hazards and archaeological settlement patterns in Alaska and Chile is featured in the PBS series Fire on the Rim. She is Professor of Earth Sciences at the City College of New York. She lives in the lower Hudson valley of New York with her husband, Joe Stennett, a retired oceanographer.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Over My Head: Journeys in Leaky Boats from the Strait of Magellan to Cape Horn and Beyond Cover Image
ISBN: 9781475954319
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Published: iUniverse - October 26th, 2012

..".a pioneering female geologist explores the topography of South America and the shifting landscape of women in the sciences...A satisfying journey through 1970's sexual politics and the lands of the southernmost part of the Earth." -- Kirkus Reviews Somewhere near the bottom edge of the earth, a young woman attempts to balance on a slippery rock ledge.