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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.

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review by . January 30, 2013
It is not very often that a photograph on a dust jacket entices me to read a book.  In fact I can only recall a handful of times in my life that this has happened.  The other day I was perusing the "recent arrivals" at my local public library when I spotted a stunning photograph of a desolate yet indescribably beautiful place.  The landscape was like nothing I had ever seen before in my life.  When I discovered the subject matter I simply could not resist.  Gabrielle …
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