Arctic and Antarctica
Alone on the Ice
The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration
Paperback ISBN: 0393347788
Describes the epic and heroic journey undertaken by Douglas Mawson, who suffered starvation, the loss of his entire team, and a massive foot injury as he resorted to ultimately crawling back to base camp during the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1913.
Hardcover ISBN: 9020979779
Antarctica is a continent almost entirely buried by snow and ice. It is so hostile and remote that it has no permanent residents. Surrounded by the Southern Ocean, Antarctica covers nearly 9 percent of the Earth's land. This book contains photos of snowy landscapes, frozen bays, floes - of the severe and rough Antarctica.
Hardcover ISBN: 0199861455
Since the first sailing ships spied the Antarctic coastline in 1820, the frozen continent has captured the world's imagination. David Day's brilliant biography of Antarctica describes in fascinating detail every aspect of this vast land's history--two centuries of exploration, scientific investigation, and contentious geopolitics. Drawing from archives from around the world, Day provides a sweeping, large-scale history of Antarctica. Focusing on the dynamic personalities drawn to this unconquered land, the book offers an engaging collective biography of explorers and scientists battling the elements in the most hostile place on earth. We see intrepid sea captains picking their way past icebergs and pushing to the edge of the shifting pack ice, sanguinary sealers and whalers drawn south to exploit "the Penguin El Dorado," famed nineteenth-century explorers like Scott and Amundson in their highly publicized race to the South Pole, and aviators like Clarence Ellsworth and Richard Byrd, flying over great stretches of undiscovered land. Yet Antarctica is also the story of nations seeking to incorporate the Antarctic into their national narratives and to claim its frozen wastes as their own. As Day shows, in a place as remote as Antarctica, claiming land was not just about seeing a place for the first time, or raising a flag over it; it was about mapping and naming and, more generally, knowing its geographic and natural features. And ultimately, after a little-known decision by FDR to colonize Antarctica, claiming territory meant establishing full-time bases on the White Continent. The end of the Second World War would see one last scramble for polar territory, but the onset of the International Geophysical Year in 1957 would launch a cooperative effort to establish scientific bases across the continent. And with the Antarctic Treaty, science was in the ascendant, and cooperation rather than competition was the new watchword on the ice. Tracing history from the first sighting of land up to the present day, Antarctica is a fascinating exploration of this deeply alluring land and man's struggle to claim it.
An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0151015201
Journeying to the most alien place on the planet, science writer Gabrielle Walker presents a biography of Antarctica, weaving its history of exploration with the science currently being conducted there. Walker gives us glimpses at the marvelous creatures clinging to life above and below the ice, the international community drawn to an existence of extremes, the desolate stretches of surface that yield surprising information about life beyond our planet, and the crumbling ice shelves acting as global climate bellwethers.
Life on the Ice
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 1932361537
Antarctica’s legend as a fascinating, forbidding place is confirmed and expanded in these insider articles. Covering everything from “Happy Camper School” to washing dishes to what it’s like to fall in love in a place where the sun never goes down (or never comes up), these articles limn a world of colorful characters (human and otherwise) and breathtaking backdrops. The humor runs high here in work by Karen Joyce, who recounts an odd afternoon when it “rained chickens,” and Glenn Grant, who riffs on the dreaded “psych test.” Some of the contributors are award-winning travel writers: Bill Fox, for example, leads a pithy tour through the remote base McMurdo, while Lucy Bledsoe tells of looking for krill and finding dinosaur bones instead. Other contributors are newbies who vividly conjure the region’s extraordinary sights, from gale-force winds and magnificent glaciers to mummified seals and charming penguins.
The Lure of the Far North
Paperback ISBN: 1554888557
From early medieval times to the twenty-first century, what is the beguiling draw of the north? What manner of men boldly ventured into those hostile and unpredictable regions? Today’s Arctic is developing into tomorrow’s hotspot.
Big Dead Place
Inside The Strange And Menacing World Of Antarctica
Paperback ISBN: 0922915997
Johnson’s savagely funny [book] is a grunt’s-eye view of fear and loathing, arrogance and insanity in a dysfunctional, dystopian closed community. It’s like M*A*S*H on ice, a bleak, black comedy.”—The Times of London
A Guide to the Wildlife
Paperback ISBN: 1784770914
Antarctica Wildlife Guide - Travel information and expert advice on the wildlife of Antarctica featuring species identification and field guides to flora and fauna. Also including detailed illustrations, suggested itineraries and tour operators, glossary of scientific names, penguins, whales, seals, Antarctic exploration history, maps and routes.
Re-Creating the World's Greatest Journey of Survival
Hardcover ISBN: 0062282735
Outfitted solely with authentic items from the time period, one of the world's leading explorers recounts his modern-day journey to retrace the perilous 1914 expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton, a three-year Antarctic adventure that was one the greatest stories of endurance and survival ever recorded.