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The Greenpeace book of Antarctica : a new view of the seventh continent
May, John, 1950-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Doubleday, 1989.
Physical Description:
192 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
Reprint. Originally published: Frenchs Forest, NSW, Australia : Child & Associates, 1988.

Includes index.
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G860 .M35 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Reprint. Originally published: Frenchs Forest, NSW, Australia: Child & Associates, 1988. The text is abundantly illustrated with photos and some charts, which detail Antarctica's complex ecosystem: glaciers, icebergs, oases, weather, and optical phenomena. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Author Notes

John May is a professional advantage player who tours the world beating casinos. He is the author of Baccarat for the Clueless and writes regularly for at RGT Online and for The New Chance and Circumstance magazine. He also has his own website - The Card Counters Cafe.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

With contributions from writers, photographers, scientists, and members of the international environmental organization Greenpeace, this volume endeavors to promote the preservation of Antarctica. The text offers brief articles on the region's animals, plants, varieties of ice, "layer cake" geology, etc., with each bit of writing surrounded by photos, charts, maps, drawings, and satellite images that lend great visual appeal. One learns as much from the illustrations as from the text--to wit, according to Sir Peter Scott (son of ill-fated explorer Robert Scott), "the wisdom to know when to leave a place alone." Appendixes, bibliography, gazetteer; index. --Cynthia Ogorek

Library Journal Review

Few of us will ever visit this harsh, remote land, but by reading this book we become armchair travelers, transported by Greenpeace's exquisite photography, artwork, and prose. Many short chapters provide insights into Antarctica's geography, geology, and abundant flora and fauna. The volume builds to a discussion of the human impact on the continent and to a plea for a world park to preserve the last vast, relatively pristine area of the globe. There is a warning, too, about the reaches of the human assault on nature. Even in this distant land, humans have left mounds of junk; the record of airborne pollution from across time and distance is preserved in ice, and, because of our ignorance, greed, and thoughtlessness, we have torn a hole in the ozone layer overhead. A beautiful volume with a strong environmentalist slant, this will appeal to young people and general readers alike.-- Jay Kaufman, Massachusetts Bay Marine Studies Consortium, Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.