Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 - Nature - 416 pages
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Antarctica is the most alien place on the planet, the only part of the earth where humans could never survive unaided. Out of our fascination with it have come many books, most of which focus on only one aspect of its unique strangeness. None has managed to capture the whole story—until now.

Drawing on her broad travels across the continent, in Antarctica Gabrielle Walker weaves all the significant threads of life on the vast ice sheet into an intricate tapestry, illuminating what it really feels like to be there and why it draws so many different kinds of people. With her we witness cutting-edge science experiments, visit the South Pole, lodge with American, Italian, and French researchers, drive snowdozers, drill ice cores, and listen for the message Antarctica is sending us about our future in an age of global warming.

This is a thrilling trip to the farthest reaches of earth by one of the best science writers working today.

 

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Review: Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of the World's Most Mysterious Continent

User Review  - Genna - Goodreads

A unique approach to a fascinating geographical and anthropological topic that is at once unfathomable yet alluring. Not limiting herself to any singular aspect of the cultural enigma that is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carol Wakefield - Goodreads

Six stars were they available! Walker mixes scientific studies and findings with her personal experiences and observations. Her descriptions of landform--well mostly ice form are lyrical. I felt I was ... Read full review

Contents

THE HIGH PLATEAU TURNING POINT
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WEST ANTARCTICA HOME TRUTHS
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Back Matter
351
Back Flap
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Back Cover
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Spine
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About the author (2013)

GABRIELLE WALKER has a PhD in chemistry from Cambridge University and has taught at both Cambridge and Princeton universities. She is a consultant to New Scientist , contributes frequently to BBC Radio, and writes for many newspapers and magazines. She is also the author of four books, including An Ocean of Air and Antarctica . She lives in London.

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