Science on ice: discovering the secrets of Antarctica.

Science on ice: discovering the secrets of Antarctica. Veronika Meduna.
Science on ice: discovering the secrets of Antarctica.

Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2012. Octavo, laminated boards, colour photographs.

In this book, award-winning science broadcaster and writer Veronika Meduna follows scientists who dive under ice to study ancient mud, fat fish, migrating penguins and fossilised forests. Meduna presents us with a fascinating frozen land whose layers of ice and sediment record past climate conditions going back millions of years, and the oceans around it drive the global food chain and a giant conveyor belt of currents that transports heat around the globe. The creatures that call Antarctica home have evolved to survive in conditions hostile to life, and the continent's permanently ice-covered lakes may even hold the secret to how life began on Earth. And though it is the only continent without permanent human habitation, Antartica may yet hold the key to our survival. In this lavishly illustrated book Meduna introduces us to an exhilarating landscape, to fascinating discoveries and to the people making them - those scientists tackling fundamental questions about life and the world around us from the frozen continent.

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