The Crystal Desert: Summers in Antarctica
Most accounts of Antarctica focus on the ice-cap that covers two thirds of the continent, the setting for the many heroic expeditions to the South ... Show synopsis Most accounts of Antarctica focus on the ice-cap that covers two thirds of the continent, the setting for the many heroic expeditions to the South Pole. This book is about the other Antarctica - the peninsula where for three months of the year the sun never sets, and where during the summer there is life in profusion, including many billions of tiny krill (of which there are more in one bay than there are stars in the known universe), penguins and other birds, seals, lichens and simple plants. David Campbell spent three summers in Antarctica, and his book is at once a celebration of the panoply of life during the Antarctic summer and a lament for a place that has already been despoiled by human intruders and is under threat of further depredations. Above all, it is a portrait of a land of extraordinary beauty, alienness and fecundity, and of its wildlife.