The Continent of Antarctica

Julian Dowdeswell & Michael Hambrey

In this highly informative book, Professor Julian Dowdeswell and Professor Michael Hambrey walk us through a detailed account of life on a continent that is as beautiful as it is unforgiving.

255 x 255mm

298 pages


ISBN: 978-1-906506-64-3


IPPY Silver Medal 2019 – Nature

Subjects: Science & Nature, Travel, Geography

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The Antarctic is the last continent: the last to be discovered, the last great wilderness and the last to be mapped – making it arguably the least known place on Earth. The continent’s contemporary significance lies in its importance as a sensitive part of the global environmental system, influencing sea-levels and ocean-current circulation in a warming world – but the history of the continent, be that geologic, or in relation to human ecology, is just as vast and fascinating. The Continent of Antarctica is a richly illustrated account of the Antarctic continent, covering the physical environment, biology and history, as well as examining the future and environmental implications for the rest of the planet. The book draws on the authors’ own experiences during many seasons of fieldwork on the continent and surrounding oceans. They use photographs and images from their own extensive and continent-wide collections and from the world-renowned archives of the Scott Polar Research Institute. Almost entirely wild and unspoiled this cold and remote land is clearly an inspiration to these authors and all who have visited it. The Antarctic continent is crucial for understanding and monitoring climate change and in this comprehensive tome one can see a considered and learned argument for preserving the world’s last true wilderness.

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Julian Dowdeswell & Michael Hambrey

Professor Julian Dowdeswell is Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. He authored the foreword to 'Blue Ice' by Alex Bernasconi, published by Papadakis in 2016. Professor Michael J. Hambrey is Professor of Glaciology, Centre for Glaciology, Aberystwyth University, Wales. Michael's research has yielded nearly 200 scientific papers, several edited books and a variety of books on glaciers and the Arctic for the wider public.

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“Wide-ranging and extremely well illustrated, this authoritative yet accessible book is a must for anyone interested in the Antarctic.”
Sir Ranulph Fiennes

“Richly illustrated and expertly written, this book reveals our least known continent in all its power and glory.”
Michael Palin

"This many-faceted portrait of Antarctica meshes crisp scientific writing with luminous images...this is a book sparking renewed awe over this stupendous landmass, outpost of the climate system and … Earth’s final frontier."

“In this richly illustrated new book, [the authors] draw upon their extensive seasons of fieldwork on the continent to examine the future of the planet’s last great wilderness.”