cover image Antarctica


Reader's Digest. Readers Digest (Australia) Pty Ltd, $32.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-949819-64-2

Ice-covered Antarctica remained largely unexplored until 1956. In this pictorial overview, some 38 contributors, each a specialist on the area, provide essays on the fauna and flora, geography, climate and history of this mysterious continent. The book is divided into three sections: the first covers wildlife and weather; the second documents the travels, adventures and misadventures of explorers who have charted Antarctica's surface; the third discusses diverse topics such as the whaling industry, the Antarctic Treaty, sledge dogs and the mapping of the continent. The illustrations and detailed text combine to form an educational guide and an intriguing journey to a remote land. October