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Antarctica is the most alien place on the planet, the only part of the Earth where humans could never survive unaided. Out of our fascination with it have come many books, most of which focus on only one aspect of its unique strangeness. None has managed to capture the whole story - until now.

Drawing on her broad travels across the continent, in Antarctica Gabrielle Walker weaves all the significant threads of life on the vast ice sheet into an intricate tapestry, illuminating what it really feels like to be there and why it draws so many different kinds of people. With her we witness cutting-edge science experiments, visit the South Pole, lodge with American, Italian, and French researchers, drive snowdozers, drill ice cores, and listen for the message Antarctica is sending us about our future in an age of global warming.

This is a thrilling trip to the farthest reaches of Earth by one of the best science writers working today.

©2012 Gabrielle Walker (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • kirkwood
  • 09-02-16


great story a real eye opener,interesting story of the frozen south and all what happens there in a year,thank you.

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  • Stewart
  • 11-17-15

it's a different world!

I couldn't stop listening, it was such an interesting read you just had to find out what amazing revelation was going to be offered next.

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  • "gehteuchnichtsan"
  • 11-07-16

Entertaining and very informative

Why do some glaciers race while others crawl? Is the life inside stones? Were do you find most meteorites? And why do penguins take a new mate if their partner is just a day or two late? This books gives answers to questions you would probably not have come up with. Entertaining, informative, great popular science. I had so many "wow, I didn't know that"-moments. Warmly recommended.