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Antarctica: Secrets of the Southern Continent

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"The geology, ecology and biology of the "continent for peace and science.""

This comprehensive, fully illustrated and reader-friendly book honors the International Polar Year (2007-08) with a spectacular range of information on Antarctica and the Antarctic Islands, the world's harshest environment.

Antarctica features up-to-date material from an expert team of scientists, e
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 10th 2008 by Firefly Books (first published 2008)
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Vicki
Nov 17, 2009 Vicki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travel, nonfiction
It's probably not supremely accurate to mark this down as a travel book, even though there is some information on tourism in the book. But if this gorgeous book doesn't make you want to go to Antarctica, then I don't think you're looking closely enough. The photography is positively stunning, and the book is beautifully laid out. There's a lot of information in here, but it doesn't follow that it's overwhelming. This book is great for browsing in an idle 20 minutes, but it's also excellent for r ...more
Mark Desrosiers
Oct 31, 2009 Mark Desrosiers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, travel, biosphere
An enormous, lavishly illustrated book detailing everything you need to know about the world's freakiest continent -- from wildlife (surprisingly lush) to geography, to all the heroes and scientists that ventured inland over the centuries. Some of this will enter your dreams too -- Haggit's Pillar, for example, or the dense, mossy rata forests in the Auckland Islands -- where you can find penguins peeking out between the trees. Plus blue ice and elephant seals and Titus Oates trudging to his dea ...more
Frederick Masterman
Feb 26, 2009 Frederick Masterman rated it really liked it
In doing research for my fourth novel, I ordered this book to give me a visual 'feel' for the fifth largest continent on Earth. The photography is enthralling, the text accurate and incisive, the spirit unbeatable. I have never been to this 'alien' world on our own world, but found this book an inimitable introduction to Antarctica. I recommend the volume to anyone interested in the wondrous, vast diversity of environments on our planet, and in particular to the awesome reality of a place so dif ...more
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Feb 25, 2009 Melissa marked it as to-read
for Scott, not me.
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