Synopses & Reviews
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 storyand#8212;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.
The untold story of the last odyssey of the heroic age of Antarctic exploration
Sir Ernest Shackletons 1914 Antarctic endeavor is legend, but for sheer heroism and tragic nobility, nothing compares to the saga of the Ross Sea party. This crew of explorers landed on the opposite side of Antarctica from the Endurance with a mission to build supply depots for Shackletons planned crossing of the continent. But their ship disappeared in a gale, leaving ten inexperienced, ill-equipped men to trek 1,356 miles in the harshest environment on earth. Drawing on the mens own journals and photographs, The Lost Men is a masterpiece of historical adventure, a book destined to be a classic in the vein of Into Thin Air.
Long overshadowed by the mission Shackleton's men bargained their lives to sustain, this heartrending story of survival against all odds gets its due in this surprising account of the final journey of the heroic age of polar expedition.
Journeying to the most alien place on the planet, science writer Gabrielle Walkerand#160;presents aand#160;biography of Antarctica, weaving its history of explorationand#160;with the science currently being conducted there. Walker gives usand#160;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.
About the Author
GABRIELLE WALKERandnbsp;has a PhD in chemistry fromandnbsp;Cambridge Universityandnbsp;and has taught at both Cambridge and Princeton universities. She is a consultant to Newandnbsp;Scientist, contributes frequently to BBC Radio, and writes for many newspapers and magazines. She is also the author ofandnbsp;four books, including An Ocean of Air and Antarctica. She lives inandnbsp;London.
Table of Contents
Map of Antarcticaand#160;x
PARTand#160;1:and#8194;EAST ANTARCTICand#160;COAST and#8211; ALIEN WORLD
1.and#8194;Welcome to Mactownand#160;3
2.and#8194;The March of the Penguinsand#160;33
3.and#8194;Mars on Earthand#160;89
PART 2:and#8194;THE HIGH PLATEAU and#8211; TURNING POINT
4.and#8194;The South Poleand#160;141
PART 3:and#8194;WEST ANTARCTICA and#8211; HOME TRUTHS
6.and#8194;A Human Touchand#160;259
7.and#8194;Into the Westand#160;309
Suggestions for Further Readingand#160;363