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Antarctica: The Last Unspoiled Continent (edition 1992)

by Laurence P. Pringle

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Title:Antarctica: The Last Unspoiled Continent
Authors:Laurence P. Pringle
Info:Simon & Schuster (Juv) (1992), Library Binding, 56 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:white continent, lost continent, non fiction

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Antarctica: The Last Unspoiled Continent by Laurence P. Pringle

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In this beautifully illustrated book, science writer Laurence Pringle examines the White Continent: its history, geology, exploration, climate, ecology, and wildlife.

We learn of the men who sought to explore Antarctica, such as Captain James Cook, James Clark Ross, Roald Amundsen, and Robert Scott, and how some were more fortunate than others.

The illustrations allow us to see the species of plant and animal life that live on Antarctica (sparse though it is). We learn that the largest animal that lives on the continent year around is the midge, which is an insect measuring about a half inch long. Antarctica is also treeless, with the most lush plant life such as mosses, lichens, and grass growing on the Antarctic Peninsula. All wildlife is concentrated on the edges of the continent.

Pringle demonstrates Antarctica's special value as a scientific laboratory, and how the continent can be used to find clues of our past and potential solutions for the future. This book is best recommend for middle to high-school aged students and beyond, and would nicely compliment a teaching unit on Exploration. ( )
  kimberlyhebert | Jan 28, 2013 |
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A noted children's science writer offers a handsomely illustrated, concise examination of the history, climate, and wildlife of the White Continent, highlights Antarctica's value as a unique scientific laboratory, and discusses its future in a world hungry for resources.

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Surveys the plant and animal life, impact on global ecology, history, and politics of the White Continent.

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