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Antarctica: Exploring a Fragile Eden Hardcover – 1 Oct 2007


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  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 1st edition (1 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007183453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007183456
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.3 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,079,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Combining accessible text with gorgeous photos and a few line drawings, Antarctica is the work of two writers who clearly have a love for and fascination with the continent.’
Real Travel magazine

‘…seductive photographs with text that argues convincingly the importance of the earth's scarce, unspoiled places.’
The Scotsman

‘An impressive book that will appeal to anyone with an interest in the southern polar region.’
The Sunday Business Post

Jonathan and Angela Scott are ‘two shining stars in the wildlife galaxy’
Amateur Photographer magazine

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A non-chronological report about the coldest environment on Earth.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Keith Betton on 6 Aug. 2009
Format: Hardcover
A quick check of my library reveals I have fifteen books on Antarctica. So here is another one to add to that pile. The big question is: "Is this book just an impressive collection of images by two of the greatest wildlife photographers?"

Well, there is no doubt that it is packed with superb images, but this book carries a deeper message. When Jonathan and Angela Scott first travelled to Antarctica in the early 1990s they could easily see the pack ice from their expedition ship. When they visited last year, the only way they could get up close to the ice was to join the passengers on a Russian icebreaker. During that same time the number of cruise ships visiting Antarctica has more than doubled. There is no doubt that people are keener than ever to get to the region, and partly that may be because they simply don't think things will be as good in the future. This book, will also add to that desire to visit.

The book is full of great images of penguins, albatrosses, seals and whales and awe-inspiring icebergs with twenty shades of white. Each chapter looks at a different zone within Antarctica, extending out to the Falklands and South Georgia, and off course the open seas of the Southern Ocean. I particularly enjoyed reading the chapter on the travels of Ernest Shackleton, who never reached the South Pole, but whose exploration of the region advanced our knowledge so much in the early 1900s. The book also looks at the achievements of other early explorers like Roald Amundsen, Robert Falcon Scott and Douglas Mawson. The authors have also explored widely within Antarctica and have even visited it during the southern winter to find Emperor Penguins nesting.

This is a great book, but it comes with a dilemma.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G M on 20 Feb. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I really liked this book. After reading about five volumes on Antarctic explorers, I decided to buy a book that would allow me to (a) get a visual feel for Antarctica; (b) learn some general knowledge about this frozen continent. In both these respects the Scotts succeed admirably.

The husband-and-wife team of Jonathan and Angela Scott (both award-winning wildlife photographers) have combined three distinct skills in this volume: research; photography and drawing. Yes, they have actually taken the trouble to do their own illustrations. And not only is the quality of the sketches good, but they have not taken the easy way out: all the drawings are done by stippling ... a technique which requires real patience to get right.

The main topics covered are: the discovery of Antarctica; the heroic age of Antarctic exploration; the lives of native creatures (land, sea and air); conservation; and the continent's future both as an unclaimed territory and a bellwether of climate change. I would say that not all of the content was intriguing (I think I skipped the chapter on the Falkland Islands). But what really distinguishes this book is the sense of wonder at the natural world: indeed, the conviction that Antarctica is something to be marvelled at simply permeates every page. Thus it is the strength of the authors' fascination with this continent that really pulls you into their narrative. It's really saying something that this one quality might trump photography this good and research this thorough.
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By Sue on 21 Jan. 2015
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Thoroughly enjoy Jonathan Scott's works. A good addition to my collection.
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By A S McKay on 21 Jan. 2015
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Visually impressive and enormously informative 20 Feb. 2010
By G M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I really liked this book. After reading about five volumes on Antarctic explorers, I decided to buy a book that would allow me to (a) get a visual feel for Antarctica; (b) learn some general knowledge about this frozen continent. In both these respects the Scotts succeed admirably.

The husband-and-wife team of Jonathan and Angela Scott (both award-winning wildlife photographers) have combined three distinct skills in this volume: research; photography and drawing. Yes, they have actually taken the trouble to do their own illustrations. And not only is the quality of their sketches high, but they have not taken the easy way out: all the drawings are done by stippling - a technique which requires real patience to get right.

The main topics covered are: the discovery of Antarctica; the heroic age of Antarctic exploration; the lives of native creatures (on land, sea and air); conservation; and the continent's future both as an unclaimed territory and a bellwether of climate change. I would say that not all of the content was intriguing (I think I skipped the chapter on the Falkland Islands), but what really distinguishes this book is the sense of wonder at the natural world: indeed, the conviction that Antarctica is something to be marvelled at simply permeates every page. Thus it is the strength of the authors' fascination with their subject that really pulls you into their narrative.
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