Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent by Gabrielle Walker

By Gabrielle Walker

Antarctica is the main alien position on the earth, the one a part of the earth the place people may by no means continue to exist unaided. Out of our fascination with it have come many books, such a lot of which concentrate on just one point of its special strangeness. None has controlled to catch the complete story—until now.

Drawing on her extensive travels around the continent, in Antarctica Gabrielle Walker weaves the entire major threads of existence at the colossal ice sheet into an elaborate tapestry, illuminating what it rather appears like to be there and why it attracts such a lot of other forms of individuals. together with her we witness state of the art technology experiments, stopover at the South Pole, resort with American, Italian, and French researchers, force snowdozers, drill ice cores, and hear for the message Antarctica is sending us approximately our destiny in an age of world warming.

This is an exciting journey to the farthest reaches of earth by means of the best technological know-how writers operating this day.

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COTSWOLD OLIMPICKS Welly-wanging, pole- climbing and shin-kicking are the key disciplines at this traditional Gloucestershire sports day (Click here), held every year since 1612. TROOPING THE COLOUR Military bands and bear-skinned grenadiers march down London’s Whitehall in this martial pageant (Click here) to mark the monarch’s birthday. ROYAL ASCOT It’s hard to tell which matters more, the fashion or the fillies, at this highlight of the horse-racing year in Berkshire (Click here).

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