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Lost Antarctica: Adventures in a…

Lost Antarctica: Adventures in a Disappearing Land (Macsci)

by James McClintock

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"Few of us will ever get to Antarctica. The bitter cold and three months a year without sunlight makes the sixth continent virtually uninhabitable for humans. Yet marine biologist James B. McClintock has spent three decades studying the frozen land in order to understand better the world that lies beneath it. In this luminous and closely observed account, one of the world's leading experts on Antarctica introduces the reader to this fascinating world--the extraordinary wildlife that persists despite the harsh conditions and the way each of the pieces fit into the puzzle of the intricate environment: from single-celled organisms to baleen whales, with leopard seals, penguins, 50-foot algae, sea spiders, coral, and multicolored sea stars, in between. Now, as temperatures rise, the fragile ecosystem is under attack. Ade;lie penguins that have successfully nested on Antarctic islands for several hundred years have been nearly wiped out. King crabs that used to populate the deep seafloor are moving into shallower waters, disturbing the set order of life there. Lost Antarctica is an appeal to understand and appreciate the wondrous place at the bottom of the world that we are on the brink of losing"--… (more)
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I recommend this book to anyone interested In climate change. The science was presented in a readable style. There were enough of the author's personal stories to keep a non-scientist interested.
What I really appreciate is that some of the consequences of climate change and their urgency were driven home. Things most of us would not even have been aware of. For example, the anemones and sponges make chemicals found nowhere else - some which hold promise to cure disease - but when King crabs reach the Antarctic shelf they will decimate those species. ( )
  ksnider | Mar 22, 2016 |
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I wanted to enjoy this book, I really did. I'm a fan of adventure writing in general. This one just didn't capture my interest, and I never finished it. The writing style was a bit amateurish; I felt like I was reading someone's diary or a boring required text.

Sorry, two stars at best- nice idea. ( )
  jlafleur | May 5, 2013 |
I received this book as a Goodreads ARC giveaway. This was a great book and I really enjoy it ( )
  slvoight | Mar 31, 2013 |
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As a marine biologist and someone interested in polar climates, this book was pretty much right up my alley. A great look at the remote Antarctic regions, and the unique ecosystem and life forms they present. The challenges of climate change and other pressures are also discussed, though I very much appreciate the scientific presentation of facts rather than turning the book into an op-ed piece. This book overall gives a vivid picture of a place like no other on earth, and one in danger of being lost. ( )
1 vote corglacier7 | Mar 20, 2013 |
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You would think Antarctica would be protected from the problems of this world by its remoteness, but alas that is not the case. I've had a long standing personal fascination with the explorations of our polar regions and the life forms found there, so I was particularly intrigued by Lost Antarctica. Our changing climate is imperiling this cold world and all its creatures, which could have long term consequences for all of us. So, now I will worry about Antactica as well as everything else. This is well worth a read to gain an understanding of the current state of the bottom of the world.
  varielle | Jan 11, 2013 |
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