An Intimate Portrait of the World's Most Mysterious Continent

Book - 2013
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This profile of Antarctica and its indigenous life traces the history of regional exploration and the science currently being conducted there while explaining how Antarctica reveals key insights into the planet's environmental future. Antarctica is the most alien place on the planet, the only part of the Earth where humans could never survive unaided. Drawing on her broad travels across the continent, in Antarctica the author weaves all the significant threads of life on the vast ice sheet into an intricate tapestry, illuminating what it really feels like to be there and why it draws so many different kinds of people. With her we witness cutting edge science experiments, visit the South Pole, lodge with American, Italian, and French researchers, drive snow dozers, drill ice cores, and listen for the message Antarctica is sending us about our future in an age of global warming.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pub., ©2013
ISBN: 9780151015207
Branch Call Number: 919.89 WALKER
Characteristics: xxiv, 388 pages : maps ; 24 cm


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ChristchurchLib Feb 13, 2013

"'Nothing but ice' - with no trees, no plants, no land animals, no citizens, and no official owner, the continent of Antarctica is easily one of a kind. In her readable profile of the mysterious, barren land, Dr. Gabrielle Walker, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Cambridge and has visited the continent multiple times, balances a variety of science topics with explorations of why anyone would want to go to Antarctica and engaging looks at some of those who have. Readers who enjoyed Sara Wheeler's critically acclaimed 1997 book, Terra Incognita, or James McClintock's recently published Lost Antarctica should seek out this latest look at a fascinating land, which Kirkus Reviews calls 'a rollicking good read.'" February 2012 Armchair Travel newsletter


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