Lost Antarctica

Lost Antarctica

Adventures in A Disappearing Land

Book - 2012
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The bitter cold and three months a year without sunlight make Antarctica virtually uninhabitable for humans. Yet a world of extraordinary wildlife persists in these harsh conditions, including leopard seals, giant squid, 50-foot algae, sea spiders, coral, multicolored sea stars, and giant predatory worms. Now, as temperatures rise, this fragile ecosystem is under attack. In this closely observed account, one of the world's foremost experts on Antarctica gives us a highly original and distinctive look at a world that we're losing.

Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
ISBN: 9780230112452
0230112455
Branch Call Number: 508.989 MCC
Characteristics: xii, 231 pages :,illustrations

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ChristchurchLib Dec 12, 2012

"In this evocative combination of natural history, adventure memoir, and travelogue, veteran marine biologist James McClintock, one of the foremost experts on Antarctica, describes the stunning beauty of the continent, its amazing diversity of life, and the devastating effects of global warming that threaten it. And he does so in a "charming and anecdote-filled" (Publishers Weekly) way that even English majors can enjoy. McClintock, who has been studying Antarctica's diverse plant and animal life for decades and has made 13 research trips there, also discusses the area's dangerous and harsh living conditions. If you'd like another vividly described look at this fascinating place and would appreciate hearing an outsider's perspective, try journalist Sara Wheeler's Terra Incognita." Armchair Travel December 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=578249

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