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By David W. H. Walton

ISBN-10: 110700392X

ISBN-13: 9781107003927

Antarctica is the coldest and driest continent in the world - a spot for experience and a key quarter for worldwide technological know-how. study carried out there has got 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 e-book brings jointly a world crew of best Antarctic scientists to give an explanation for why the Antarctic is so relevant to realizing the background and power destiny of our planet. It introduces the great thing about the world's maximum desert, its striking attributes and the worldwide significance of the foreign technology performed there. Spanning subject matters from marine biology to house technological know-how this ebook is an obtainable assessment for an individual attracted to the Antarctic and its technology and governance. It presents a precious precis for these concerned with polar administration and is an concept for the subsequent iteration of Antarctic researchers.

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These techniques include Antarctica: Global Science from a Frozen Continent, ed. David W. H. Walton. Published by Cambridge University Press. © Cambridge University Press 2013. 1 Geologist studying a large volcanic dyke on Saunders Island. 2 Geologist drilling samples from outcrop. 3 In the early days of geological exploration of Antarctica geologists used dog teams to travel from one location to another collecting rock samples. This photo shows Lieutenant Jack Tuck (US Navy) on the annual sea ice near what is today known as McMurdo Station.

Credit: Michael Studinger) A sleeping giant Unlike the other continents, Antarctica has low seismic activity and very few active volcanoes. It was originally thought that the thick ice sheets may have masked any earthquake activity but we now know it is a characteristic feature of Antarctica, with the exception of the northern portion of the Antarctic Peninsula. As far as we know, the Antarctic continent is not crossed by or close to any plate boundaries, which is where we expect to find volcanic and earthquake activity.

Imagining Antarctica Imagining Antarctica The general public views of Antarctica are either of a continent for science or of a snowy waste of little use to anyone, but threatening the world if it melts. Slowly but surely, a wider range of perceptions are growing that see the continent as a part of our culture and arts, stimulating an increasing interest from humanities scholars, fiction writers and visual artists. Although the Antarctic has no native people, indeed no permanent population, the very idea of this polar place has excited the imagination for centuries.

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