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End of the earth : voyages to Antarctica

Author: Peter Matthiessen
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, ©2003.
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Brilliantly attuned to the transience of nature and painfully aware of the precariousness of a polar environment facing global warming, Peter Matthiessen provides an exquisite account of his voyage through the islands surrounding Antarctica. In lyrical prose, Matthiessen describes the wildlife he encounters and the region it inhabits, along with historical information regarding the greatest pioneers and adventurers  Read more...
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Matthiessen, Peter.
End of the earth.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2003
(OCoLC)607075106
Named Person: Peter Matthiessen; Peter Matthiessen
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 0792250591 9780792250593
OCLC Number: 52165927
Description: 242 p. : col. ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Peter Matthiessen.
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Brilliantly attuned to the transience of nature and painfully aware of the precariousness of a polar environment facing global warming, Peter Matthiessen provides an exquisite account of his voyage through the islands surrounding Antarctica. In lyrical prose, Matthiessen describes the wildlife he encounters and the region it inhabits, along with historical information regarding the greatest pioneers and adventurers who preceded him. Matthiessen brings to life the waters of the richest whale feeding grounds in the world; the wandering albatross with its 11-foot wingspan arching through the sky; and the habits of every variety of seal, walrus, petrel, and penguin in the area, all with a boundless and contagious inquisitiveness. In addition to offering an unequaled naturalist's perspective, Matthiessen's story takes an unforeseen adventurous turn as he and the crew of the 384-foot research vessel are bombarded for two days by an unrelenting hurricane, injuring everyone on board. Magnificently written, End of the Earth evokes an appreciation and sympathy for a region as harsh as it is beautiful.

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