- Series: MacSci
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (January 7, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1137278889
- ISBN-13: 978-1137278883
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lost Antarctica: Adventures in a Disappearing Land (MacSci) Reprint Edition
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“McClintock offers a vivid portrait.” ―The Washington Post
“A veteran of the extreme south, McClintock shares the otherworldly wonders unveiled by decades of research. The book is packed with joys.” ―Nature
“A close look at the life of a scientist in a strange wilderness for months at a time, and a revelatory exploration of the region's unique wildlife… McClintock is a determined, evenhanded guide.” ―Smithsonian magazine
“Writing with real passion about this "desolate but beautiful" place, almost twice the size of Australia, McClintock describes the dangers of working there, but also the wonder.” ―The Guardian
“A richly informative memoir from a veteran scientist who has devoted his career to Antarctica . . . Entertaining natural history.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“An entertaining account.” ―The Austin-American Statesman
“With rare clarity, humor, high adventure and deep, sobering insight, gifted scientist-explorer-writer James McClintock shares decades of experience on, around and under the wildest ocean on Earth. Every person alive should read- and heed- this riveting account of the swift changes now sweeping Antarctica – and the world. If Indiana Jones were a marine biologist, he would aspire to be James McClintock.” ―Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and founder of Deep Search
“James B. McClintock's Lost Antarctica is a disturbing distress signal about the traumas and strains of the South Pole in the Age of Global Warming. McClintock is a marvelous writer with a keen eye for the natural world. His knowledge of polar science is exemplary. Highly recommended!” ―Douglas Brinkley author of The Quiet World and The Wilderness Warrior
“Lost Antarctica is a very original, readable, and authoritative introduction to a little known part of Earth's natural environment, and has increasing threat to its existence.” ―Edward O. Wilson
“Lost Antarctica is an intimate tour of a rapidly changing continent, led by one of the scientists who knows it best. James McClintock has written an important and timely book.” ―Elizabeth Kolbert
“James McClintock shares his deep love of Antarctica vividly in this colorful narrative. He issues a stark warning about the catastrophe facing this remarkable place - and our globe - from the twin dangers of climate change and ocean acidification. Lost Antarctica reminds us of the urgency of finding new energy systems that do not use our atmosphere or oceans as a waste dump.” ―Bill Gates
“Jim McClintock takes us with him on an extraordinary field trip to Antarctica, the frigid part of the Garden of Eden. With superb descriptions of the ice and biosphere of the great white continent, he carefully documents how climate change is having a big impact on the penguins, seals and other sea creatures that inhabit the polar waters.” ―Henry Pollack, Ph.D., author of A World without Ice
“Jim McClintock is a great scientist and explorer/naturalist in the tradition of Darwin and Wilson. The stories he tells are fascinating in their scientific detail and recollections, and cautionary in their implications.” ―Hugh Ducklow, PhD. Director of the Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at Woods Hole, Massachusetts
About the Author
James B. McClintock is one of the world's foremost experts on Antarctica, and currently the Endowed University Professor of Polar and Marine Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. McClintock has appeared on local, national, and international public radio, CNN news, and the Weather Channel. He has been quoted in National Geographic, Discover Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and others. Each year he leads a philanthropic cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula, sponsored by Abercrombie and Kent. McClintock Point , a body of land on the north side of the entrance of Explorer's Cove on the Scott Coast of the Ross Sea, Antarctica, was named in honor of his research.
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McClintock is a respected scientist who has been doing research in Antarctica for a long time now and is a professor in Alabama. His writing style is engaging and encourages the reader to continue knowing he'll be laying wonders open on the coming pages. While everything he writes is important you don't have to be a scientist to understand it. I knew there was far more to the place than I could imagine but the author opened a world of marine biology I didn't expect. The book is very readable, you won't want to put it down, and the information between the covers is important. To cement the ideas and facts I wrote a blog thinking it would take up less space in my suitcase and suspecting an unmarked copy will be on the ship. As a result of reading this, my second incredible and fascinating science book on Antarctica, I am even more eager to get to the airport to start my trip and see the place for myself. The last part of the book deals with climate change, what it bodes for the future and it is both alarming and hopeful.
Read it: you'll be very glad you did.
The descriptions of the land and one man's personal but often adventuresome encounters with the wildlife ranging from the tiniest occupants of the sea to the mighty whale,is packed with information. He includes the work of his fellow researchers with pride and detail. This book is also filled with "heart" as the author is personally moved by both his work and his surroundings.
I'm one of the lucky people who has cruised to the Antarctic, marveled at its other worldly beauty and began to realize the fearful importance of what is happening there. James McClintock's book has provided the depth for a far better understanding of what I saw as scenery and experienced as high adventure. I find it a book that ALL people should pay attention to, and hope that governments may soon do the same. I highly recommend it.
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