Land of Wondrous Cold: The Race to Discover Antarctica and Unlock the Secrets of Its Ice (Paperback)

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By Wood
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A gripping history of the polar continent, from the great discoveries of the nineteenth century to modern scientific breakthroughs

Antarctica, the ice kingdom hosting the South Pole, looms large in the human imagination, and the secrets of this vast frozen desert have long tempted explorers. Land of Wondrous Cold tells a gripping story of the pioneering nineteenth-century voyages, when British, French, and American commanders raced to penetrate Antarctica's glacial rim for unknown lands beyond. Today, the white continent poses new challenges, as scientists race to uncover Earth's climate history and to monitor the increasing instability of the Antarctic ice cap, which threatens to inundate coastal cities worldwide. Interweaving the breakthrough research of the modern Ocean Drilling Program with the dramatic discovery tales of their Victorian forerunners, Gillen D'Arcy Wood describes Antarctica's role in a planetary drama of plate tectonics, climate change, and species evolution stretching back more than thirty million years.

About the Author

Gillen D'Arcy Wood is professor of environmental humanities at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he serves as associate director of the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment. Originally from Australia, he lives in Urbana, Illinois, with his wife and two children.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780691207803
ISBN-10: 0691207801
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 2020
Pages: 312
Language: English