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Frozen Secrets: Antarctica Revealed

Frozen Secrets: Antarctica Revealed

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Frozen Secrets: Antarctica Revealed

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99 página
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Lançado em:
Nov 1, 2013
ISBN:
9781467737128
Formato:
Livro

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Studying Antarctica has never been for the fainthearted.

"Hereabouts died a very gallant gentleman, Captain L. E. G. Oates of the Inniskilling Dragoons. In March 1912, returning from the Pole, he walked willingly to his death in a blizzard to try to save his comrades, beset by hardship."
—Inscription on a cross placed near presumed final resting place of Antarctic explorer Lawrence “Titus” Oates, The Terra Nova Expedition, 1910-1913

“We have one survival bag for every two people.”
—Antarctic paleontologist William Hammer, Transantarctic Vertebrate Paleontology Project, 2004

“When the ice cracks, it can sound like massive thunder rolls that seem to go on forever. If it is a serious cracking in the ice, it literally sounds like canon shots.”
—Eighth-grade science teacher and Antarctic diver Robin Ellwood, Lake Ecosystems in Antarctica Project, 2008-2009

Humanity’s fascination with the land at the bottom of the globe dates back at least to the ancient Romans, who imagined Terra Australis Incognita—the “unknown southern land”—and drew it on their maps even though no one had ever seen it. It took a thousand years for this unknown land to become known. Despite the many people who have since visited it, conquering the Antarctic frontier is a never-ending challenge that calls scientists and explorers to risk their lives in the pursuit of knowledge.

Frozen Secrets is the tale of a continent, the inside story of the critical, cutting-edge research that brave men and women from around the world have done and still do in Antarctica. Sally M. Walker traces expeditions from the earliest explorers to today’s research stations, where contemporary scientists work in some of the harshest conditions on Earth.

Whether they study the formation of polar ice or the stratigraphy of ancient rock or the fossils of newly discovered dinosaurs or the chemistry of air trapped in miniscule frozen bubbles, the scientists working in Antarctica are building a body of knowledge that will influence future generations as they make choices that could affect the course of the whole planet.

Lançado em:
Nov 1, 2013
ISBN:
9781467737128
Formato:
Livro

Sobre o autor

Sally M. Walker is the award-winning author of more than 60 nonfiction books for young readers. Even though she was raised in New Jersey, the story of the Great Chicago Fire has long fascinated her. While reading a magazine about history, she saw a copy of a letter that young Justin Butterfield wrote about his family’s experiences during the fire. He had also drawn a picture of his family, including his pet goat, as they fled their home. After confirming that the Butterfields' story was true, she knew she wanted to share Justin’s story with young readers. Sally was awarded the 2006 American Library Association’s Robert F. Sibert Medal for Secrets of a Civil War Submarine. Her newest books are Deadly Aim: The Civil War Story of Michigan’s Anishinaabe Sharpshooters and Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up.


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  • (5/5)
    Very interesting, contemporary book w/ excellent photographs. Worth a re-read.
  • (3/5)
    This was actually quite challenging - one has to really want to learn everything one can. Other reviews I'm sure cover the thoroughness, the pretty pictures, etc. - I just want to say one thing. Small font on blue-gray pictures does not make for easy reading! I read this in small batches and I still got a headache each time. If you ever design a book don't do that!
  • (4/5)
    This is one amazing science book! The first full page is a gorgeous image of the Earth from space... a familiar photo with a twist: looking from the bottom up, with Antarctica smack in the middle! Antarctica isn't just about frigid temperatures and penguins. Did you know that 90% of the Earth's fresh water supply is trapped in the ice covering the continent? Or that there are lakes below Antarctic glaciers that have temperatures of about 77 degrees near the bottom of the lake? How about this: they discovered a 22-foot-long carnivorous dinosaur fossil on Mount Kilpatrick, in the Transantarctic Mountains. Millions of years ago, the continent was much further north, and far warmer than today. Paleontologists have discovered fossil evidence that there were trees and plants, as well as many different kinds of dinosaurs and reptiles as well as a layer of volcanic ash showing how those animals became extinct 14 million years ago. Scientists today are searching for more evidence about climate, and drilling for ice cores gives them a lot to work with. The cores contain samples of snow from various years, compacted with dust, volcanic ash and other debris, and bubbles of ancient air. They hope to learn more about the patterns of the planet's cooling and warming from these. They are also mapping and measuring the massive ice sheets and glaciers, to find out how much ice is melting, and how much is being replaced. Readers will see the scientists in heavy protective gear, working outside in brutally cold conditions, and inside the international research stations. Cooperation and mutual scientific interests are foremost here, compared to the earliest expeditions which were all about "who's getting to the South Pole first." The research, graphics and layout of this book are first-rate. Full color photographs of the scenery and wildlife, with action shots of researchers and scientists at work, using equipment from full-body dry suits for diving, to seismometers and ice core drills. The writing is excellent! Highly recommended for strong 7th grade readers and up.