Reading list inspiration for travel
Books & eBooks
- Antarctic Wildlife: A Visitor’s GuideView on Amazon A compact, thorough identification guide to the birds and marine mammals of the Antarctic Peninsula, Drake Passage and Beagle Channel. By James Lowen.
- Antarctica: A BiographyView on Amazon A compelling scholarly look at this vast land's history: two centuries of exploration, scientific investigation and contentious geopolitics. By David Day.
- Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious ContinentView on Amazon The author reveals what it really feels like to be in Antarctica — the most alien, inhospitable place on the planet — and why it fascinates so many different kinds of people. By Gabrielle Walker.
- Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence, and Emperor PenguinsView on Amazon The author tells of his experience serving for 14 months as doctor at the British basecamp Halley. By Gavin Francis.
- Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible VoyageView on Amazon The definitive account of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914-15 failed attempt at an overland crossing of the Antarctic. By Alfred Lansing.
- Penguins of the WorldView on Amazon A complete, well-illustrated review of all 17 species of penguins: anatomy; egg and chick development; mating and feeding habits; predators; habitats; climate change; and changes to food levels. By Wayne Lynch.
Articles & Academic Papers
- “Death Among the Emperors”View on VanityFair.com When Bruno Zehnder — an adventurer known for his photos of emperor penguns — froze to death in July 1997 near Russia’s Mirny base in desolate Antarctica, a legend was born ... and a mystery created. By Ned Zeman.
- “Dispatches from Antarctica’s Dry Valleys”View on discovermagazine.com Scientists hunt for clues about Earth's climatic past and possible future in one of the world’s most remote landscapes. By Jennifer Berglund.
- “I’m a cook at one of Antarctica’s research stations”View on theguardian.com Jessica Barder answers questions about her life in Antarctica.
- “Ice in the Sea”View on unep.org Under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme, a collection of scholars examine the changing nature of sea ice and what it means for the future.
- “Into the Unknown”View on ngm.nationalgeographic.com They were 31 men at the bottom of the world exploring uncharted territory. What followed was one of the most terrifying survival stories of all time. By David Roberts.
- “Three forms of killer whales in Antarctic waters”View on swfsc.noaa.gov Detailed field descriptions and biological observations of three different forms of killer whale (Orcinus orca) that occur in Antarctica. By Robert L. Pitman and Paul Ensor.
If you won’t have ready access to wifi during your travels, consider saving these articles for offline reading using the Instapaper app.
- Antarctica by Google Street ViewView on google.com Get an up-close look at some Antarctica highlights.
- CIA World Factbook | AntarcticaVisit CIA.gov A great resource for the basics of the country's government, economy and infrastructure.
- Travelers’ Health | AntarcticaVisit CDC.gov Get the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations for vaccines and medicines.
- Shackleton on the Nimrod ExpeditionListen on publicdomainreview.org Listen to Ernest Shackleton speak about his British Antarctic Expedition (1907–09), known as the Nimrod Expedition, the first of three expeditions to the Antarctic led by the Anglo-Irish explorer.
- The State of Antarctic IceListen on npr.org The rate at which the ice is shrinking at the ocean's edge in the West Antarctic has increased by 70 percent over the past decade.
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Who to Follow
- Twitter: Antarctic NewsFollow @AntarcticaNews News updates from the Southern Hemisphere. Includes headlines & weather updates.
- Twitter: Antarctic SurveyFollow @BAS_News Latest news from British Antarctic Survey, delivering world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions.
- Twitter: NASA ICEFollow @NASA_ICE Exploring Earth's sea ice, land ice, snow and permafrost.
- Twitter: Polar ResearchFollow @PolarResearch Polar Research is an OA scholarly journal that promotes the exchange of scientific knowledge about the Arctic and Antarctic across disciplinary boundaries.