The complete guide to Antarctic wildlife: birds and marine mammals of the Antarctic continent and the Southern Ocean
This is a fully updated new edition of the award-winningComplete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife, the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to the birds and marine mammals of the vast and beautiful Antarctic region. Covering Antarctica, the southern ocean, and the subantarctic islands, this unique guide illustrates all of the region's breeding birds and mammals with some 920 color photographs and illustrations, including 300 new photographs. It features 128 color distribution maps and up-to-date species accounts that expertly detail abundance, seasonal status, and conservation prospects. The volume also covers numerous nonbreeding species, migrants, and vagrants, and the sections on albatrosses and petrels have been fully revised to make them current with the latest taxonomic knowledge.Regional chapters describe all of the subantarctic islands, in addition to most of the regularly visited sites in Antarctica, and are accompanied by maps and photographs of each area. These chapters present detailed information on geography, climate, geology, general ecology, and flora. They also address conservation efforts--past, present, and planned. The book concludes with practical information about visiting the area, including details on the best landing sites and notes on seasonal weather conditions.This is an indispensable companion for any trip to the far south, as well as an informative volume for anyone interested in the Antarctic region's remarkable, occasionally strange, and frequently beautiful animals.Features 35 color plates and some 920 color photographsIllustrates and maps the distribution of all of the region's breeding birds and marine mammalsIncludes information on many nonbreeders, migrants, and vagrantsFeatures expert text reflecting recent advances in taxonomyCovers all of the subantarctic islands as well as Antarctica's regularly visited sitesOffers travel tips, including weather considerations and landing sites
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