The Ends of the Earth: An Anthology of the Finest Writing on the Arctic and the Antarctic

By Francis Spufford

A appealing literary anthology released to commemorate the overseas Polar Year―and remind us what we are at risk of losing.

The Arctic and Antarctic ice cabinets were an item of obsession for so long as we've got identified they existed. numerous explorers, together with such legends as Richard Byrd, Ernest Shackleton, and Robert Falcon Scott, have risked their lives to chart their frozen landscapes. Now, for the 1st time in human historical past, we're in valid probability of seeing polar ice dramatically scale back, holiday aside, or perhaps disappear. The Ends of the Earth, a set of the superior writing at the Arctic and Antarctic, will at the same time commemorate 4 centuries of exploring and clinical examine, and make the decision for preservation.
Stocked with first-person narratives, cultural histories, nature and technological know-how writing, and fiction, this publication is a compendium of the greats in their fields: together with mythical polar explorers and such writers as Jon Krakauer, Jack London, Diane Ackerman, Barry Lopez, and Ursula okay. LeGuin. Edited via modern specialists on exploring and the surroundings, The Ends of the Earth is a memorable selection of impressive writing―and an enduring contribution to the controversy over worldwide warming and the way forward for the polar areas themselves.

About overseas Polar 12 months -

International Polar 12 months (which starts in spring 2007) is a massive overseas technological know-how initiative that goals to concentration public awareness at the polar areas and our impression on them. The final such initiative, the overseas Geophysical yr in 1957–58, concerned 80,000 scientists from sixty seven international locations. This one offers to be greater still.

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