400 pages, 600 photos, maps, illus
The Antarctic is the coldest, driest, and windiest region on Earth--yet it continues to capture our imagination. Antarctica: Secrets of the Southern Continent tells its story as we know it so far. The book features up-to-the-minute coverage of Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands, including geology and geography, flora and fauna, current scientific research, conservation issues, and the impact of global warming.
Antarctica also includes inspiring stories of polar exploration and scientific enterprise, from early hypotheses about an unknown southern land, through Amundsen's conquest of the South Pole in 1911, the ratification of the Antarctic Treaty of 1959, and the subsequent cooperative effort to preserve Antarctica as "a continent for peace and science." The authoritative and reader-friendly text is compiled by an expert team of Antarctic scientists, expeditioners, and historians and is illustrated with more than 600 superb photographs.
A heavyweight tome in every sense of the word! if you're going to purchase just one book on the Antarctic then this must surely be it. BBC Wildlife Everything you wanted to know about Antarctica in a book as beautiful (and nearly as big) as the White Continent. Stunning images plus in-depth info on geology, flora and fauna, history and exploration. Wanderlust From start to finish, this is a beautifully produced book: facts, figures, maps, diagrams, biographies of polar explorers and tales of famous expeditions. Every question you've ever had about the continent is answered, along with a great many you would never have thought to ask. Geographical
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Award-winning travel writer David McGonigal has completed some 40 visits to the polar regions, most recently as a shipboard presenter and photographer. He is a graduate in arts and law at Sydney University, a lfe member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.