Antarctica: The Blue Continent

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Firefly Books, 2003 - Nature - 224 pages
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Illustrated guide to Antarctica's environment, geography, wildlife, and history.

Antarctica: The Blue Continent is a superbly illustrated and easy-to-understand book that reveals this polar region's ruthless majesty and natural beauty.

The environment is Earth's harshest, coldest, most inhospitable climate. A staggering 98% of the continent is covered with ice averaging 1.4 miles in depth; 90% of the world's ice is found in there. In spite of the cold and ice, Antarctica's shores and waters are home to an amazing variety of vegetation and indigenous wildlife-seals, sea lions, whales, penguins and sea birds-that have evolved in extraordinary ways to adapt to their unforgiving habitat. The book features natural phenomena such as a glacier made of jagged, Jurassic-era rock instead of ice, and entire mountain ranges filled to their peaks with snow.

In the chapters on polar exploration, Antarctica profiles Captain Cook, Roald Amundsen, Shackleton, Scott, and others. Readers will experience why this continent has inspired so much effort and heroism in the quest to discover its secrets.

This book is a concise version of the authors' 608-page Antarctica and the Arctic.

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About the author (2003)

David McGonigal is an award-winning travel writer, photographer and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. His writing and research on Antarctica combine academic accuracy, journalistic realism and a seasoned traveler's unbounded enthusiasm for the world's coldest, wildest places.

Dr. Lynn Woodworth is a wildlife researcher. She has traveled extensively throughout both polar regions.

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