Antarctica: The Last Unspoiled Continent
Succinct and comprehensive, this book examines Antarctica's history, geology, climate, wildlife, and ecology; and discusses its unique value as a scientific laboratory, holding clues to our past and possible solutions for the future. Stunningly illustrated with full-color photographs.
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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.
Review: Antarctica: The Last Unspoiled ContinentUser Review - Krista the Krazy Kataloguer - Goodreads
I didn't know that there's a volcano on Antarctica! I love it when I learn things from children's books. Combining science and history, this look at Antarctica made me want to go there and see it for ... Read full review
Future of a Frozen Land
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