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Antarctic Birds : Ecological and Behavioral Approaches (Exploration of Palmer Archipelago)
David Freeland Parmelee, Harold F. Mayfield
Hardcover / Published 1992

Antarctica: The Blue Continent
Antarctica: The Blue Continent
by David McGonigal, Lynn Woodworth
Book Description: Illustrated guide to Antarctica's environment, geography, wildlife, and history. 

Antarctica: The Blue Continent is a superbly illustrated and easy-to-understand book that reveals this polar region's ruthless majesty and natural beauty. 

The environment is Earth's harshest, coldest, most inhospitable climate. A staggering 98% of the continent is covered with ice averaging 1.4 miles in depth; 90% of the world's ice is found in there. In spite of the cold and ice, Antarctica's shores and waters are home to an amazing variety of vegetation and indigenous wildlife-seals, sea lions, whales, penguins and sea birds-that have evolved in extraordinary ways to adapt to their unforgiving habitat. The book features natural phenomena such as a glacier made of jagged, Jurassic-era rock instead of ice, and entire mountain ranges filled to their peaks with snow. 

In the chapters on polar exploration, Antarctica profiles Captain Cook, Roald Amundsen, Shackleton, Scott, and others. Readers will experience why this continent has inspired so much effort and heroism in the quest to discover its secrets. 

This book is a concise version of the authors' 608-page Antarctica and the Arctic. 
Hardcover from Firefly Books


Antarctica Unveiled: Scott's First Expedition and the Quest for the Unknown Continent
by David E. Yelverton
Hardcover from University Press of Colorado

Antarctica : A Guide to the Wildlife
by Tony Soper, Dafila Scott (Illustrator)

by Claire Keegan

Below the Convergence : Voyages Towards Antarctica, 1699-1839
by Alan Gurney

The Coldest March: Scott's Fatal Antarctic Expedition
by Susan Solomon
Hardcover from Yale Univ Pr


End of the Earth: Expeditions To South Georgia and Antarctica
End of the Earth: Expeditions To South Georgia and Antarctica
by Peter Matthiessen
Hardcover from National Geographic
The Endurance : Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
The Endurance : Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
by Caroline Alexander
Hardcover from Knopf
Endurance : Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing (Preface)

Ice : The Antarctic Diary of Charles F. Passel
by Charles F. Passel
Hardcover - 480 pages (November )
Texas Tech Univ Pr; ISBN: 089672347X

The Ice Limit
by Lincoln Child, Douglas J. Preston

Journey to the Pole (Antarctica, 1)
by Peter Lerangis

The Last Place on Earth
The Last Place on Earth
by Roland Huntford, Paul Theroux
On December 14, 1911, the classical age of polar exploration ended when Norway's Roald Amundsen conquered the South Pole. His competitor for the prize, Britain's Robert Scott, arrived one month later--but died on the return with four of his men only 11 miles from their next cache of supplies. But it was Scott, ironically, who became the legend, Britain's heroic failure, "a monument to sheer ambition and bull-headed persistence. His achievement was to perpetuate the romantic myth of the explorer as martyr, and ... to glorify suffering and self-sacrifice as ends in themselves." The world promptly forgot about Amundsen.

Biographer Ronald Huntford's attempt to restore Amundsen to glory, first published in 1979 under the title Scott and Amundsen, has been thawed as part of the Modern Library Exploration series, captained by Jon Krakauer (of Into Thin Air fame). The Last Place on Earth is a complex and fascinating account of the race for this last great terrestrial goal, and it's pointedly geared toward demythologizing Scott. Though this was the age of the amateur explorer, Amundsen was a professional: he left little to chance, apprenticed with Eskimos, and obsessed over every detail. While Scott clung fast to the British rule of "No skis, no dogs," Amundsen understood that both were vital to survival, and they clearly won him the Pole. 

Amundsen in Huntford's view is the "last great Viking" and Scott his bungling opposite: "stupid ... recklessly incompetent," and irresponsible in the extreme--failings that cost him and his teammates their lives. Yet for all of Scott's real or exaggerated faults, he understood far better than Amundsen the power of a well-crafted sentence. Scott's diaries were recovered and widely published, and if the world insisted on lionizing Scott, it was partly because he told a better story. Huntford's bias aside, it's clear that both Scott and Amundsen were valiant and deeply flawed. "Scott ... had set out to be an heroic example. Amundsen merely wanted to be first at the pole. Both had their prayers answered." --Svenja Soldovieri -
Paperback from Modern Library

Let Heroes Speak: Antarctic Explorers, 1772-1922
by Michael H. Rosove

Moments of Terror : The Story of Antarctic Aviation
by David Burke
Hardcover - 320 pages (April )
Howell Pr; ISBN: 0868401579

Lonely Planet Antarctica (Lonely Planet Antarctica, 2nd Ed)
by Jeff Rubin

My Season With Penguins : An Antarctic Journal
by Sophie Webb (Illustrator)

Of Dogs and Men : 50 Years in the Antarctic
by Kevin Walton

The South Pole
by Fridtjof Nansen, et al

Shackleton's Boat Journey
by Frank Arthur Worsley, Edmund Hillary (Introduction)

Mawson's Will : The Greatest Polar Survival Story Ever Written
by Lennard Bickel, Edmund Hillary

The Race to the White Continent: Voyages to the Antarctic
by Alan Gurney
Hardcover from W.W. Norton & Company

Scott's Last Expedition : The Journals
by Robert Falcon Scott, Beryl Bainbridge

Shackleton : The Antarctic Challenge
by Kim Heacox
Hardcover from National Geographic

Shackleton's Forgotten Men: The Untold Tale of an Antarctic Tragedy
by Lennard Bickel, Rt. Hon. Lord Shackleton

South: A Memoir of the Endurance Voyage
by Sir Ernest Shackleton
Paperback from Carroll & Graf

The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the Fram, 1910-1912
by Roald Amundsen, A. G. Chater
Paperback from New York University Press

by Roland Huntford
Sir Ernest Shackleton, the Anglo-Irish explorer, never achieved his goal of reaching the South Pole, though he was knighted in 1909 for having come within 100 miles. With bravery matched only by his theatricality, Shackleton sought to top that accomplishment by landing on one side of Antarctica and traveling the width of the icy continent by sledge. What might have been a great exploratory journey turned into a raw struggle for survival when his ship became trapped in pack ice, and he was forced to lead his team on a desperate trek across hundreds of miles of the world's most dangerous terrain. He made it home, but even his stature as one of Edwardian England's greatest heroes could not save Shackleton from financial risk taking; he ended his life mired in debt. Roland Huntford's biography presents a balanced and lively portrait of a man who was, depending on which of his contemporaries you asked, a national hero or a contemptible rogue. --Robert McNamara -

Through the First Antarctic Night
by Frederick A. Cook
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South with Endurance: Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917
by Frank Hurley
Sir Ernest Shackleton's trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914-1917 was one of the great feats of human endurance -- one vividly captured in the powerful and dramatic pictures taken by Frank Hurley, the expedition's official photographer. The Publisher
Volcanological and Environmental Studies of Mount Erebus, Antarctica (Antarctic Research, Vol 66)
by Philip R. Kyle
Hardcover from Amer Geophysical Union
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With Byrd at the Bottom of the World : The South Pole Expedition of 1928-1930
by Norman D. Vaughan, Cecil B. Murphey (Contributor)
Hardcover - 208 pages 1st Ed. edition (September 1990)
Stackpole Books; ISBN: 0811719049

The Worst Journey in the World
Apsley Cherry-Garrard
The harrowing story of the Scott expedition to the South Pole.
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White out! : Michael Guy's true account of Air New Zealand's DC-10 crash on Mount Erebus
by Michael Guy
Paperback from A. Taylor
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The Erebus enquiry : a tragic miscarriage of justice
by C. H. N. L'Estrange
Unknown Binding from Air Safety League of N.Z.

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Erebus : volcan antarctique
by Haroun Tazieff
Unknown Binding from Arthaud
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