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Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent

by Gabrielle Walker

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A unique approach to a fascinating geographical and anthropological topic that is at once unfathomable yet alluring. Not limiting herself to any singular aspect of the cultural enigma that is Antarctica, Walker considers the continent from the perspectives of an anthropologist, biologist, geographer, climatologist, historian, and astronomer, among others. Rife with striking imagery of the unique wildlife and stark landscapes, Walker’s intimate experience with Antarctica is moving. This expansive yet accessible text offers a glimpse into the significance of this elusive continent in terms of the science it is home to and the key it holds to determining the future of our planet. ( )
  GennaC | May 9, 2017 |
Read on Kindle. This is a very readable and interesting book. It is tragic and traumatic; yes Antarctica is a huge place and much is little-touched, but it is melting and major changes are happening. Not just temperature but currents & rain. The ecology and geography is amazing. The history and the desert is fascinating and it is incredible that there is so much known about it -- that they can learn so much from what is left behind in the ice. The author went everywhere that she could and reported clearly on the scientific experiments & the culture of the residents. I definitely recommend it. ( )
  franoscar | Jul 14, 2016 |
Traverses the entire continent discussing the explorers of the heroic age, past and current scientific research operations, the cultural differences between each base, and introduces the reader to the machinery that allows the frozen continent to be habitable, however sparsely. All while capturing the profound awe felt by those few bastards lucky enough to have set foot on the ice. It's all vastly fascinating. I want soooo badly to spend a winter at the south pole, it sounds cleansingly brutal.

"I watched the sky a long time, concluding that such beauty was reserved for distant, dangerous places, and that nature has good reason for exacting her own personal sacrifices from those determined to witness them." (Admiral Richard Byrd) ( )
  dandelionroots | Aug 11, 2014 |
Superb. Walker's writing style is very easy and fun to read. Wonderful anecdotes and very informative. ( )
  shirleyonn | Oct 19, 2013 |
This book presents fascinating insights into a continent most of us will never get to visit. The author presents the land through the eyes of those who love it best: its researchers. If you weren't hankering for a big adventure before you read this book, you will be before you're done. ( )
  trinkers | Aug 3, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0151015201, Hardcover)

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.

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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.

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