Surviving Antarctica

David N. Thomas

Foreword by Ray Mears

Do you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning? Imagine trying to get up during 24 hours of darkness in temperatures well below freezing, surrounded by strong winds and isolated for months at a time. Welcome to Antarctica in the winter.

ISBN:
978 0 565 09217 7
Format:
Paperback
Price:
£9.99
Published:
May 2007
Size:
273 x 228 mm
Extent:
96 pp
Illustrations:
Colour throughout
Publisher:
Natural History Museum

Details

This timely book explores how life survives the extreme conditions of one of the most sensitive and inhospitable parts of the planet, which has for centuries fascinated scientists, explorers and writers.

Discover how male Emperor penguins use their feet to protect their young, why pulling out an ice core from beneath the Antarctic surface takes scientists just minutes in summer but up to five hours in winter, and how the effects of global climate change appear to be having a profound influence on the region.

With stunning illustrations throughout, Surviving Antarctica provides an invaluable insight into the lives of those living and working in this hostile environment. Intrepid tourists and polar region enthusiasts will experience a sense of adventure and excitement along this journey to the end of the Earth.

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About the experts

Professor David N Thomas is a marine scientist at the University of Wales, Bangor and has worked in polar regions since 1991. He has conducted five expeditions to the Antarctic and two to the Arctic to study the dynamics of sea ice and the organisms that live within it.

He has written science features for Science, BBC Wildlife Magazine and New Scientist, and is author of Seaweeds (Natural History Museum, 2002) and Frozen Oceans (Natural History Museum, 2004).

Ray Mears is perhaps the foremost expert on bushcraft and survival. He has also become a household name through his television series including Tracks, World of Survival, Extreme Survival, Trips Money Can't Buy with Ewan McGregor, and The Real Heroes of Telemark.

Reviews

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"In this fascinating book David Thomas takes us to Antarctica in a very personal way"

From foreword by Ray Mears

"Informative and digestible"

New Scientist

"…examines how endemic inhabitants and human visitors survive."

Nature: International Journal of Science

"…well illustrated and in bite-sized readable chunks."

Outdoor Enthusiast Magazine

"Find out just how life survives in such a hostile but beautiful environment."

Wanderlust Magazine

"…accessible, clear and fascinating guide to the region."

British Antarctic Survey

"A fascinating book…with sumptuous photographs."

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