Antarctica – An Encyclopedia

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1.
John Stewart
Antarctica: An Encyclopedia

This second edition of the 1990 Library Journal “Best Reference” book, four years in the compiling and writing, is an exhaustive A-Z direct-entry encyclopedia of Antarctica. It doubles the first edition’s entries to 30,000, covering geographical features, historical events, explorers, expeditions, airplanes, ships, scientists, scientific stations, tour operators, scientific terms, birds, animals, insects, flora, items of general interest and much more. “Antarctica” is defined as all land and water south of 60°S. Information for geographical features is drawn primarily from national gazetteers, both current and old, and is not limited to ÂEnglish-Âlanguage sources. Extensive cross-referencing simplifies the continent’s often bewildering nomenclature–geographical features’ names, for example, may vary widely from one national gazetteer to the next, and are further complicated by having been named and renamed multiple times, and in many languages, through the years. All linguistic variations of placenames are included and cross-referenced.

2.
Ross Piper
Extraordinary Animals: An Encyclopedia of Curious and Unusual Animals

Animals have existed on Earth for many hundreds of millions of years. In that time they have evolved into a great variety of forms, exploiting nearly every habitat the planet has to offer. In the dark depths of the oceans, in the seemingly inhospitable Polar Regions, in the driest deserts, even within the bodies of other animals, there are animal species that have developed unique and extraordinary means of surviving and thriving. Extraordinary Animals: An Encyclopedia of Curious and Unusual Animals is an exploration of those members of the animal kingdom who possess strange and bizarre adaptations that allow them to survive in the most extreme environments, or whose complex lives can only be said to be bewildering. From the tar-baby termite to the blue whale, from the harpy eagle to the naked mole rat, these species reflect the exceptionally broad spectrum of life, showing just how diverse the animal kingdom is.

Extraordinary Animals has been thoroughly researched for scientific accuracy, but is accessibly written in everyday language.

Each entry includes a description of the animal, an explanation of its odd behavior, other interesting scientific and trivial facts, and black and white illustrations. In addition, a fun and interactive Go Look section encourages readers to go look for the animals in the outside world.

3.
John Farndon
Atlas of Oceans: A Fascinating Hidden World

Seventy per cent of our planet’s surface is covered with water, but most conventional atlases focus on the other thirty per cent. This fascinating and beautifully presented survey of the world’s oceans and what lives within them is published in association with the Census on Marine Life, a decade-long scientific initiative between researchers from over 80 countries to assessing and explaining the rich diversity and abundance of undersea life. Every aspect of the oceans is explored, from the seabed, continental shelves, currents, water circulation and waves, to all the wildlife that calls these places home. Each ocean (the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Southern, Arctic, the Seas of Europe, the Eurasian Inland Seas and the South China Sea) is examined in great detail, revealing its characteristics, underwater topography, principal species and particular features, including the effects of habitat erosion. Topics covered include: – Coastlines, beaches, estuaries, salt marshes – the clash of man and wildlife – Temperate waters – plankton, seaweed forests and the Newfoundland Great Banks – Tropical waters – coral reefs, mangrove swamps and seagrass meadows – Polar waters – floating ice, migrations, life beneath the ice – The open ocean – currents, CO2 storage capacity, global warming and acidification – The ocean deeps – the mysterious twilight world and the least explored of all environments.

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