Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of the World's Most Mysterious Continent

Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of the World's Most Mysterious Continent

There have been many books about Antarctica in the past, but all have focused on only one aspect of the continent - its science, its wildlife, the heroic age of exploration, personal experiences or the sheer awesome beauty of the landscape, for example - but none has managed to capture whole story, till now. Gabrielle Walker, author, consultant to New Scientist and regular There have been many books about Antarctica in the past, but all have focused on only one aspect of the continent - its s...

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Title:Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of the World's Most Mysterious Continent
Author:Gabrielle Walker
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1408811103
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:391 pages pages

Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of the World's Most Mysterious Continent Reviews

  • Joe
    Nov 08, 2014
    Entertaining introduction to the science going on in Antarctica. The author traveled to the expeditions scattered around the frozen continent, explains what they're doing, why they're there, and provides historical context. It's an affectionate look at Antarctica and why it matters. ...
  • Beverly
    Dec 17, 2014
    thoughts coming shortly ...
  • Bookchick
    Jul 18, 2013
    Well-written account of the scientists and support personnel that choose to live in this cold, barren place. Walker explains the personalities and the scientists' research. She summarizes a geologic and human history (including a fair amount on early explorers and subsequent settlement...
  • Jennifer
    Apr 19, 2017
    This was a fascinating, well-written view of a continent that I previously knew very little about. Gabrielle Walker knows what she speaks of, having taken several trips to various points in Antarctica. She looks at this frozen land from a variety of perspectives: historical, geographic...
  • Patrick
    Nov 24, 2018
    I loved this book. I found it thoroughly absorbing and informative. ...
  • Violeta
    Jan 19, 2019
    3.5 stars. I really liked how this book discussed so many different facets of Antarctica. Walker structures the book thoughtfully and writes clearly, weaving together interviews and research and observations in a compelling way. However, despite Walker?s clarity, the science in som...
  • Laurel
    Jan 13, 2019
    Wow! This book was fascinating. I literally could not put it down. Many nonfiction books are for skimming for answers. I read all 390 pages and thoroughly enjoyed learning all about his mysterious continent. Some of the most intriguing facts: No one owns/ claims Antarctica due to the A...
  • Kadri
    Feb 22, 2015
    The book was great as it dealt with a lot of the different research topics connected to Antarctica and also because the author visits several bases in Antarctica. it was fascinating, as you can find out why there are telescopes in Antarctica, why it's a great place for seismology, how ...
  • Jocelyn
    Jul 05, 2018
    Great science, but handed out in easy to swallow segments. Antarctica takes us on a journey from outpost to outpost visiting scientists at each stop. We learn a little bit about the research being conducted in the desolate landscape. Well written and entertaining (especially for a scie...
  • Laurie
    Feb 17, 2019
    This is an interesting overview of Antarctica and the science being done there. None of the topics are covered in depth but there is enough info to pique your curiosity. I only wish there were pictures in the book. ...
  • Tamara
    Jul 20, 2014
    Fun and interesting. A lot of cool science, some ominous (but not terribly ominous) climate change data, and neat insights into the way the various research stations function socially and economically, both one by one and as a sort of continent-wide, international community. I do think...
  • Zach
    Aug 19, 2013
    Reading about the icy isolation (icylation boooooo) of the South Pole during the tail end of summer is fun escapism. It boggles my mind to think that people willingly go to the end of the Earth to work, explore, or, heck, do anything. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of res...
  • Ash
    May 08, 2014
    Traverses the entire continent discussing the explorers of the heroic age, past and current scientific research operations, the cultural differences between each base, and introduces the reader to the machinery that allows the frozen continent to be habitable, however sparsely. All whi...
  • DW
    Jan 25, 2014
    This book offers a layman's look at lots of the science going on in Antarctica. I especially enjoyed reading about the single-celled organisms that live in Antarctic oceans and eat crustaceans, the penguin studies (turning a penguin upside down will violate its sense of self), and the ...
  • Bob Gustafson
    Nov 05, 2017
    "You Are There" was a show at the dawn of commercial television in the 1950's that brought the viewer to Paris, or the Galapagos Islands, or Alexandria, or some other place with the objective of making the viewer feel that he had actually been there. Gabrielle Walker gets the same vivi...
  • Paul
    Oct 14, 2012
    Walker is one of the better science writers out there at the moment. She has a passion for the polar regions, and writes about Antarctica with clarity and measured prose. She clearly explains how the effect of climate change is starting to have a noticeable effect at the South Pole....
  • Last Ranger
    Jan 03, 2014
    The Never Ending Wind On land, Earth's Final Frontier is also the world's coldest, driest and windiest place. Home to hundreds of research scientist, engineers, pilots and mechanics as well as cooks and bartenders, all of whom share a love of adventure and hardship. In Gabrielle ...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Oct 20, 2013
    I really liked this book. It is a combination of adventure and science. Antarctica has never been inhabited by humans until it was discovered in 1819. During the summer a few tens of thousands (no more than thirty thousand people) are on the continent. In the winter that number drops ...
  • Bill Chaisson
    Feb 02, 2018
    I did not actually read this entire book. Gabrielle Walker organized it geographically, making her way from station to station around the continent and talking with researchers and the people who staff these polar installations. She begins at McMurdo station, a U.S. research facility, ...
  • Kieran
    May 03, 2018
    Walker is a rare talent, having a scientifically rigourous approach to understanding the world around her, but understanding the value of beautiful and poetic writing. Her knack for telling gripping and well paced stories, her moving reflections on the visceral human experience in an e...
  • Mary Whisner
    Mar 14, 2015
    Excellent science journalism. The author visited research stations around the continent and wrote an engaging book of science (penguins, geology, global warming, marine biology), people (who goes there? why?), and travel (what's it like?). ...
  • Jaylia3
    Dec 12, 2012
    Gabrielle Walker, a British scientist with a Ph.D. in chemistry, has captured the wonderful, almost other worldly quality of the southernmost part of our planet in Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent. Penguins are Antarctica's cute cliche and I love them as much ...
  • Suhail Khan
    Nov 22, 2018
    Good book to know about Antarctica. There isn't much that can be written about the continent. It will mostly be around wildlife, people and their stories who visited this desert and made some great scientific discoveries and observations. The author did not spend a winter there, that w...
  • Wilson Sauthoff
    Jan 21, 2018
    Fun science for the layperson read that details some of the historic and current trends in Antarctic research and exploration of the continent. Writing style reminds me of Mary Roach, one of my favorites. ...
  • Olly L-J
    May 07, 2017
    4.5 This was a really interesting book. Before reading I, like most people, knew very little about Antarctica. I knew of Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton (although in less detail than I thought). However, I knew very little about what's happening in Antarctica today. Walker brilliantly...
  • Judy
    Jan 25, 2018
    I could not put this book down. It is a fascinating contrast between what early Antarctic adventures had to endure with what present day Antarctic researchers are doing. Both must endure what the Antarctic forces choose to dole out. I was amazed to learn of the depth (no pun intended) ...
  • Micah
    Aug 02, 2018
    This may very well be the best nonfiction I have ever read. It?s incredibly informative as well as persuasive. The primary point of the book is to focus on the research being done in Antarctica to measure the wellness of the rest of our planet. The writing flows like a novel, with no...
  • Maciej Kuczyński
    Apr 11, 2018
    Can a book about Antarctica be interesting? Yes, it can! It has been so pleasant, in fact, that it made me excited about reading again, after a period of reading weariness. ...
  • Stella Maybury
    Jan 08, 2019
    The fabulous book that led me to anticipate my visit with great excitement and then enhanced the trip immeasurably. Riveting science, history and human interest all in one unmissable volume, as easy to read as a novel. ...
  • D. O. T.
    Jan 27, 2019
    A fantastic read; well written, accessible and offers a sensible, narrative tour of such an enigmatic continent. Walker writes with both passion and humility, clearly transmitting the power and character of Antarctica, as well as the personalities and quirks of scientists and penguins ...