Antarctica: Global Science from a Frozen Continent by David W. H. Walton

By David W. H. Walton

Antarctica is the coldest and driest continent on the earth - a spot for event and a key sector for international technological know-how. study performed there has obtained expanding foreign consciousness because of issues over destruction of the ozone layer and the matter of world warming and melting ice cabinets. This dramatically illustrated new booklet brings jointly a world team of top Antarctic scientists to give an explanation for why the Antarctic is so principal to figuring out the background and capability destiny of our planet. It introduces the wonderful thing about the world's maximum barren region, its impressive attributes and the worldwide significance of the overseas technological know-how performed there. Spanning issues from marine biology to area technology this booklet is an obtainable evaluate for someone drawn to the Antarctic and its technology and governance. It presents a worthy precis for these desirous about polar administration and is an suggestion for the following new release of Antarctic researchers.

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Credit: Bryan Storey) Carboniferous Ice World 289 Ma ancient Gondwana supercontinent during the Carboniferous period about 300 million years ago. A thick ice sheet covered much if not all of Antarctica, waxing and waning and depositing glacial moraines, now preserved as thick glacial deposits in the Ellsworth Mountains and in the Transantarctic Mountains. As the ice moved over the underlying land surface, boulders locked in the ice cut furrows and grooves, providing a further record of the passage of these great ice sheets long after they disappeared.

And the familiarity of penguins in all their various forms, from cartoons to wallpaper, provides an international and accessible icon for the continent. The release of satellite information on Google Earth and webcams on Antarctic stations has also changed the way everyone can interact with these frozen wastes. Indeed, this visualisation of Antarctica through the internet, TV and newspapers, as well as through feature films, has made the continent suddenly much more familiar to the public than ever before.

I am the place of ice. I am the debris trail. And I am still a hand, a fingertip, a ring. I am what there is no forgetting. I am the one with truly broken heart. I watched them fall, and freeze, and break apart. bill manhire More modern poets have also used Antarctic themes, such as the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda whose two poems – Antarctic Stones and Antarctic – were truly written from the imagination as he never visited the continent. Others, such as the New Zealand poet Bill Manhire, have spent time there and used poetry to remember both historical events from a century ago and more recent events, like the DC-10 crash on Mt Erebus.

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