Antarctica

Secrets of the Southern Continent

By McGonigal, David

Publishers Summary:
The geology, ecology and biology of the "continent for peace and science." This comprehensive, fully illustrated and reader-friendly book honors the International Polar Year (2007-08) with a spectacular range of information on Antarctica and the Antarctic Islands, the world's harshest environment. Antarctica features up-to-date material from an expert team of scientists, expeditioners and historians. Included are more than 600 photographs, illustrations and maps. Among the topics covered are: Prehistory of Antarctica Geology and geography Flora and fauna Climate and the nature of ice The Antarctic ozone hole The explorers Current scientific research Conservation issues The impact of global warming The Sub-Antarctic Islands. Detailed information is found on current issues of land, law and treaties, shipping, resource exploitation, and tourism. Also included are the Antarctic Treaty, a gazetteer and a bibliography. Front-page news reports cover the relative health of Antarctica. This authoritative book could not be timelier.

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ISBN
978-1-55407-398-6
Publisher
Firefly Books


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Reviewed on November 1, 2008

McGonigal has coauthored two previous books (with Lynn Woodworth, also a major contributor here) in this area, Antarctica and the Arctic: The Complete Encyclopedia and Antarctica: The Blue Continent, which reuses much of the earlier work's Antarctic content. Secrets is a beautiful book, both larger and longer than Blue. Not quite a new edition, this revises and expands the earlier works with help from about two dozen contributors. Sections of the bo...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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