Very Good. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. xix, 395 pp., illus., maps, biblio., index; 23 cm. Near fine. Tight, clean copy. Age toning. First paperback edition. "Fabulous sights, hair-raising escapes, jubilant homecomings, and agonizing losses abound in this unique historical adventure. Far more complete than competing narratives of Antarctic exploration, Antarctica: Exploring the Extreme documents dozens of voyages, from the earliest days of long-distance sea travel, through the rapacious exploitation of seal and whale in the 19th century, to the 20th-century overland expeditions racing to the South Pole. The drama continues as 10 nations scramble to claim the continent, and a review of today's Antarctica by region details further expeditions as well as geology, terrain, and historical and scientific sites. / Marilyn J. Landis was trained as a geologist and earth scientist specializing in Antarctica. Now a freelance writer, she traveled to Antarctica seven times to research this book."-Publisher. CONTENTS: PT. 1. GENERAL EXPLORATION: FROM THE CONCEPT OF ANTARCTICA TO THE ANTARCTICA TREATY; 1. The search for Terra Australis incognita; 2. In search of seals with further discoveries; 3. The end of an era; 4. The search for the south magnetic pole; 5. Antarctic whaling: diminishing returns; 6. Triumph and tragedy: the South Pole expeditions; 7. The making of a treaty; PT. 2. REGIONAL EXPLORATION: FOUR ANTARCTIC REGIONS AND SUBANTARCTIC ISLANDS; 8. Antarctic peninsula exploration; 9. Weddell Sea exploration; 10. Ross Sea exploration; 11. East Antarctica exploration; 12. Exploring selected subantarctic islands; PT. 3. EXPLORING ANTARCTICA'S GEOGRAPHY AND WILDLIFE; 13. The hub of Gondwana; 14. Exploring Antarctica's wildlife.
(Chicago), Chicago Review Press, (2001). Wrappers, map, illust., pp. xix, 395. Fine. ISBN 1 55652 480 3. "A smart primer for anybody interested in understanding the history of an entire continent" (cover blurb).
VG. 366pp. With black and white illustrations. The chronicle of Antarctic exploration, rich in details, describes the dangers, discomforts, and exhilaration of discovery. Book: a very good copy. Paperback Size: 9"X5.8"
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