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This timely book explores how life survives the extreme conditions of one of the most sensitive and inhospitable parts of the planet, which has for centuries fascinated scientists, explorers and writers. Discover how male Emperor penguins use their feet to protect their young, why pulling out an ice core from beneath the Antarctic surface takes scientists just minutes in summer but up to five hours in winter, and how the effects of global climate change appear to be having a profound influence on the region.
- Are you ready to go?
- You've landed
- Now to work
- Viruses to whales
- Will Antarctica survive?
- Further information
- Index and picture credits
Professor David N. Thomas is a marine scientist at the University of Wales, Bangor and has worked in polar regions since 1991. He has conducted five expeditions to the Antarctic and two to the Arctic to study the dynamics of sea ice and the organisms that live within it. He has written science features for Science, BBC Wildlife Magazine and New Scientist, and is author of Seaweeds (2002) and Frozen Oceans (2004).
Ray Mears wrote the foreword to the book. He is perhaps the foremost expert on bushcraft and survival. He has also become a household name through his books and television series including Tracks, World of Survival, Extreme Survival, Trips Money Can't Buy with Ewan McGregor, and The Real Heroes of Telemark.
"If you are one of the increasing numbers of people planning to visit the Antarctic, this book might come in handy. Informative and digestible."
- Alison George, New Scientist
"Well written, well designed, easy to read and a really useful addition to the public outreach. I hope that it sells many copies!"
- D.W.H Walton, in Antarctic Science Journal
"A very personal look at a land of terrifying winds and fearful cold [...] also superb photographs."
- David Graham, in Manchester Evening News