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Terra Antarctica: looking into the emptiest continent
How does the human mind transform space into place, or land into landscape? For more than three decades, William L. Fox has looked at empty landscapes and the role of the arts to investigate the way humans make sense of space. In Terra Antarctica, Fox continues this line of inquiry as he travels to the Antarctic, the “largest and most extreme desert on earth.” This contemp ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published 2005 by Trinity University Press
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While I found this book a little slow in some places and kept setting it aside, I also kept coming back to it. The main point that I keep getting is how hard it is for us to understand -- even to perceive -- Antarctica. After reading this book, I'd really like to visit that continent, yet, at the same time, to keep too many people from visiting it and messing up its unique pristine existence. I think I need to read some more books about this place.
Oooooh, this one was interesting. Nonfiction, not quite a travelogue but not quite a text. This was a perfect way to indulge my interest-bordering-on-obsession with extreme polar environments; I found it fascinating and nearly poetic. Didn't get very far into the dang thing, but I'll revisit. Very good if you like that sort of thing.