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Antarctica and the Arctic: The Complete Encyclopedia Hardcover – September 1, 2001

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Adult/High School-A comprehensive resource on the polar regions of the world, arranged in broad sections covering geology, geography, plants, birds and animals, exploration (by both early professionals and current tourists), and human life. Within each section, Antarctica is discussed first and then the Arctic. The entertaining text is best understood by students who have had some classes in earth sciences and biology. It is accompanied by a large number of high-quality, full-color photographs and illustrations. These well-captioned graphics and entertaining boxed inserts will attract browsers. Maps locate wildlife, show exploration, and indicate geologic features. The easy-to-use CD is arranged in the same sections and includes the text and many photos from the book. However, at least two photos were used twice and do not relate to the adjacent text. A lengthy list of current Web sites is available in the book and on the CD and will lead students to even more up-to-date information. The one in the book is annotated.
Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Beautifully illustrated with color photographs and maps on every page, this inviting encyclopedia will delight both the eye and the mind. Most of the contributors are specialists in Antarctica, and less than a quarter of the book covers the Arctic. Keeping this focus in mind, readers will find that award-winning travel writer McGonigal and Woodworth, a specialist in genetic diversity who visits Antarctica regularly, have provided an excellent reference. The book covers the environment of the poles, polar geophysics and weather patterns, ecology, wildlife and flora, polar exploration, and working in the polar environments; only substantive information on the polar peoples is excluded. The last section contains additional resources such as the Antarctic Treaty, wildlife conservation status, a vocabulary, a list of museums and research institutes with strong Antarctic collections, and recommended Antarctic links on the web. The user can navigate the text using a table of contents, an index, and a gazetteer, which refers to maps throughout the book. In addition, there is a CD-ROM, which is fully searchable and as beautifully illustrated as the book. This encyclopedia is a good companion to John Stewart's Antarctica: An Encyclopedia (McFarland, 1990), which, although it covers more geographical locations, does not have the depth of this book. But though it contains more recent material on the Arctic, this volume definitely cannot replace other encyclopedias on this region. Recommended for academic libraries and adult collections in public libraries and essential for any library with strong Arctic or Antarctic collections. Betty Galbraith, Owen Science & Engineering Lib., Washington State Univ., Pullman
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; Second Printing edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552975452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552975459
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 2.2 x 13.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,231,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am an Earth Science teacher and I have done research in Antarctica. The book has many wonderful photos and highly informative text about the geologic, oceanographic, atmospheric and biologic features of the polar regions. I recommend this book for anyone interested in these areas, especially teachers.
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By A Customer on January 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I recently took a cruise to Antarctica and this book was in the ship's library. This is an excellent book on Antarctica and the pictures are fabulous! This makes a great coffe-table book!
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By A Customer on November 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I been looking for a whille for a great Antarctica book.
this is by far the best.
wall to wall photos topics on everything explorations,wildlife,marine life, you name it.
spectacular coffee table book dont miss.
it even covers the artic "north pole" also
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This is a beautifully produced and wonderfully comprehensive book. If you want a book which concentrates on wildlife then look elsewhere (eg Antarctic Wildlife by H Shirihai) - better still get both as complementary to each other!

The layout and structure is well conceived, the maps are clear, the photos are always good and often magnificent, the writing is aimed at intelligent readers, the index is good and above all the coverage is all-embracing within its subject. There is a nice section on Antarctic related Web links but, a minor criticism, no Bibliography. As the title indicates it is 90+% about the Antarctic with the Arctic as an "add-on". I was at first a bit negative about the inclusion of the Arctic but have come to the view that it is useful as a comparator - but you wouldn't buy this book for its Arctic content.
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