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Antarctica’s legend as a fascinating, forbidding place is confirmed and expanded in these insider articles. Covering everything from “Happy Camper School” to washing dishes to what it’s like to fall in love in a place where the sun never goes down (or never comes up), these articles limn a world of colorful characters (human and otherwise) and breathtaking backdrops. The h ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 28th 2007 by Travelers' Tales
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Niall519
Reading this years after reading William L Fox's impressive Terra Antarctica: Looking into the Emptiest Continent and Alexa Thomson's Antarctica on a Plate was an amusing experience... Same people and places (and in some cases events) from different author's points of view. The raambling confessions that one author within this anthology forced on Fox while on a hike were particularly hilarious. I felt huge amounts of empathy for them both. I guess in a place as sparsely populated or visited, tha ...more
Frederick Masterman
Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Current astronomical studies have revealed the harsh, bizarre nature of other planets in our solar system and their many moons. Oftentimes these alien worlds hold yield awesome scenes of inhospitable desolation, especially in contrast to our own beautiful planet. However, the fact is that Earth itself possesses one of the most astounding and frightening regions one might imagine. Such a place is our fifth-largest continent. In doing research for a book in my PlanetCare Series which may take plac ...more
Rob
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, nonfiction, travel
I've found myself very interested in Antarctica in the last few years. I read Endurance twice (unbelievable book) and have watched several documentaries on the mysterious continent. Following this interest, Antarctica: Life on the Ice was given to me by a friend whose cousin, Susan Fox Rogers, was the editor.

The book is a collection of essays from men & women that have lived on Antarctica, some for a season, some for years. They cover everything from ice depression to practical jokes and, to
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Laura Bang
This is a fantastic collection of essays about "life on the Ice". As with any collection by multiple authors, the mix can be hit-or-miss, but this one is pretty much all hits. There were only one or two that I didn't like as well, but they were still interesting even if they didn't captivate me quite as much as the others. Overall, though, this is a truly fascinating look at a truly fascinating land. I especially appreciated the diversity of perspectives included herein, with artists/writers and ...more
Lauri
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a really good collection of stories and experiences written by people who have lived/worked in Antarctica primarily over the past 3 decades. It was well edited and each piece had a short introduction giving a bit of background on the writer. Definitely worth reading for anyone interested in Antarctica.
Jessica
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was one of my text books for Writing About Places at Oregon State Univ. Fantastic collection of essays on an other worldly place. I've been obsessed with Antarctica for as long as I can remember, and enjoyed the glimpse into everyday life at McMurdo, but especially enjoyed Ainleys essay on the Adelie penguins.
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