The Crystal Desert: Summers in Antarctica

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002 - History - 308 pages
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THE CRYSTAL DESERT: SUMMERS IN ANTARCTICA is the story of life's tenacity on the coldest of Earth's continents. It tells of the explorers who discovered Antarctica, of the whalers and sealers who despoiled it, and of the scientists who are deciphering its mysteries. In beautiful, lucid prose, David G. Campbell chronicles the desperately short summers on the Antarctic Peninsula. He presents a fascinating portrait of the evolution of life in Antarctica and also of the evolution of the continent itself.
 

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While Greater Antarctica has often been depicted as a vast, frozen wasteland, marine biologist and researcher Campbell writes that during "the short erotic summer along the ocean margins of the ... Read full review

Contents

Seabirds and Wind
20
Memories of Gondwana
37
Life in a Footprint
56
Penguins and Hormones
71
The Galaxies and the Plankton
93
The Bottom of the Bottom of the World
112
The Worm the Fish and the Seal
129
Visions of Ice and Sky
147
The Tern and the Whale
188
The Passing of the Leviathans
209
The Tempest
236
Afterword
250
Latin Names of Plants and Animals Mentioned in Text
253
Notes
261
References
282
Index
298

The Indifferent Eye of God
169

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Page 1 - And husband nature's riches from expense ; They are the lords and owners of their faces, Others but stewards of their excellence. The summer's flower is to the summer sweet, Though to itself it only live and die...

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David G. Campbell is the author of the prizewinning Crystal Desert: Summers in Antarctica. He is a professor of biology at Grinnell College.

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