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Antarctica

An Intimate Portrait of A Mysterious Continent

Walker, Gabrielle

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Antarctica
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Houghton

Antarctica is the most alien place on the planet, the only part of the earth where humans could never survive unaided. Out of our fascination with it have come many books, most of which focus on only one aspect of its unique strangeness. None has managed to capture the whole story—until now.

Drawing on her broad travels across the continent, in Antarctica Gabrielle Walker 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 snowdozers, drill ice cores, and listen for the message Antarctica is sending us about our future in an age of global warming.

This is a thrilling trip to the farthest reaches of earth by one of the best science writers working today.


Journeying to the most alien place on the planet, science writer Gabrielle Walker presents a biography of Antarctica, weaving its history of exploration with the science currently being conducted there. Walker gives us glimpses at the marvelous creatures clinging to life above and below the ice, the international community drawn to an existence of extremes, the desolate stretches of surface that yield surprising information about life beyond our planet, and the crumbling ice shelves acting as global climate bellwethers.


Baker & Taylor
A profile of Antarctica and its indigenous life traces the history of regional exploration and the science currently being conducted there while evaluating the pursuits of various countries and explaining how Antarctica reveals key insights into the planet's environmental future. 25,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

A 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.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780151015207
0151015201
Branch Call Number: 919.89 W
Characteristics: xxiv, 388 p. : maps ; 24 cm.

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