Antarctica: an intimate portrait of a mysterious continent by Gabrielle Walker (2013)

Although some reviewers see Walker as too bubbly and unaware of the basic scientific understanding her readers are likely to have, I very much enjoyed reading this book. The author takes us on a tour of Antarctica describing the various scientific projects from penguin behavior to ice core sampling and meteor hunting. She allows us to visit both the east and west lobes of the continent with some details of where the ice sheets are retreating and how it might affect the rest of the world.

Also, there are brief episodes of the historical heroes given as the narrative moves around the continent as well as interesting tidbits of persons spending successive winters at the South Pole and the first natural born citizen of Antarctica. Try reading Antarctica in the dead of winter to set an appropriate backdrop for the narrative.

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