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.
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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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