Poles Apart: A Study in Contrasts : Proceedings of an International Symposium on Arctic and Antarctic Issues, University of Ottawa, Canada, September 25-27, 1997
Arctic and Antarctic: terms that conjure up similar images of cold, snow and ice. Behind the images, however, there are at least as many differences as similarities. The goal of the international symposium 'Poles Apart' was to examine the extent to which experiences obtained at one end of the earth can be applied to the other.
Poles Apart: A Study in Contrasts, covers a range of themes including the geography of the polar regions, glaciology and glacial history, ecology, living resources, governance, and the history of exploration. Topics are examined separately for each pole and each theme is summarized by a rapporteur who draws out the contrasts and the similarities. This unique format allows the international experts to describe what they know best while addressing the central issue of the book's sub-title.
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