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Expedition to Antarctica

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

Essential Reading

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The Crystal Desert

The Crystal Desert

by David Campbell

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 308 PAGES

A biologist with the heart of a poet, Campbell focuses on the fossils, glaciers, history and wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula in these vivid essays. (ANT01, $20.95)

Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

by Alfred Lansing

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER
  • FAVORITE

Lansing's gripping day-by-day story of Shackleton's legendary perseverance is essential reading for any Antarctic traveler. (ANT03, $14.95)

Penguins of the World

Penguins of the World

by Wayne Lynch

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Lynch weaves delightful tales of penguins, their habitats and habits, with hundreds of glorious full-color photographs. (ANT62, $24.95)

The Oceanites Site Guide to the Antarctic Peninsula

The Oceanites Site Guide to the Antarctic Peninsula

by Ron Naveen

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 129 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

The guide, which supports the Antarctic Site Inventory Project, covers 40 prime visitor sites in detail. It also includes some of the best photography we've seen. Second edition. (ANT37, $29.95)

Antarctica, A Guide to the Wildlife

Antarctica, A Guide to the Wildlife

by Tony Soper

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Designed for the field, this compact handbook features all the species of birds, seals and whales the traveler is likely to encounter on an Antarctic voyage. (ANT30, $25.99)

Antarctic Explorer Map

Antarctic Explorer Map

by Ocean Explorer

  • 2009
  • MAP
  • BEST SELLER

A full-color map of the Antarctic Peninsula, including Tierra del Fuego, the Falklands and South Georgia, at a scale of 1:2,750,000. With a map of the Antarctic continent on the reverse. (ANT128, $12.95)

Antarctica, A Call to Action

Antarctica, A Call to Action

by Sebastian Copeland

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 96 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER
  • FAVORITE
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

Copeland's collection of striking photographs includes a three-page list of sensible suggestions to protect the planet. (ANT280, $2.00)

 
Antarctic Peninsula and Scotia Sea Map

Antarctic Peninsula and Scotia Sea Map


by British Antarctic Survey

  • 2008
  • MAP

One in a series that also includes the South Shetlands (ANT300), the Gerlache (ANT228) and South Georgia (ANT221), this excellent map shows the cruise from Ushuaia on one side, with a detail of the Peninsula on the other. (ANT299, $24.95)

Antarctica Cruising Guide

Antarctica Cruising Guide


by Peter Carey | Craig Franklin

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 291 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

This all-in-one parka-pocket guide includes concise introductory chapters on Antarctica, detailed information on popular visitor sites and a wildlife guide. (ANT249, $25.95)

Eyewitness Top 10 Buenos Aires

Eyewitness Top 10 Buenos Aires


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. (ARG92, $14.00)

Lonely Planet Antarctica

Lonely Planet Antarctica


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 380 PAGES

Alexis Averbuck, author of the new edition of this compact, surprisingly handy guide, expands coverage of Ushuaia, the Falklands and South Georgia. With a wildlife guide and contributions from 26 Antarctic experts on the history, geology, wildlife and future of Antarctica. (ANT139, $28.99)

Melting Away, Images of the Arctic and Antarctic

Melting Away, Images of the Arctic and Antarctic


by Camille Seaman

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES
  • COMING IN NOVEMBER

In her masterful series of 75 portraits and essays, Camille Seaman shows how climate change has wreaked havoc on both the North and South Poles. (ANT401, $55.00)

The Crossing of Antarctica, Original Photographs from the Pioneering Expedition

The Crossing of Antarctica, Original Photographs from the Pioneering Expedition


by George Lowe

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

This collection of previously unpublished photographs captures everyday moments, sprawling landscapes and candid portraits from 1957 Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, as well as the reflections of explorers and polar experts. (ANT398, $40.00)

1912, The Year the World Discovered Antarctica

1912, The Year the World Discovered Antarctica


by Chris Turney

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 358 PAGES

Turney looks at the great leap forward in Antarctic science that was made 100 years ago with the expeditions of not just Scott and Amundsen but also those of Mawson, Filchner and Shirase in this brisk and engaging history of science and exploration in the Antarctic. An Australian scientist himself, Turney sees Mawson as the scientific hero of the age. (ANT368, $16.95)

Antarctica, An Adventure of a Different Nature

Antarctica, An Adventure of a Different Nature


by IMAX

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1999
  • DVD

A breathtakingly beautiful IMAX documentary of Antarctic wildlife, research and exploration featuring innovative aerial and underwater photography. 38 minutes. (ANT199, $19.99)

Chasing Shackleton

Chasing Shackleton


by Tim Jarvis

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

In this unique memoir of adventure and discovery, based on the new PBS documentary, Tim Jarvis, veteran polar explorer, retraces for the first time the epic 1914 expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton in his inspiring attempt to cross the Antarctic continent. (ANT393, $35.00)

The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography

The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography


by David Hempleman-Adams | Emma Stuart | Sophie Gordon

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES
  • NEW

Here in one handsome book are hundreds of haunting photographs by Herbert George Ponting and Frank Hurley, drawn from the albums they created during the two most famous Antarctic explorations. The stunning images are accompanied by lively essays, maps, paintings and other ephemera from the Royal Collection. (ANT298, $47.50)

The Last Place on Earth, Scott and Amundsen's Race to the South Pole

The Last Place on Earth, Scott and Amundsen's Race to the South Pole


by Roland Huntford

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Igniting huge controversy when it first appeared, Huntford's rousing dual biography contrasts Amundsen's well-planned campaign to achieve the Pole with Scott's ill-fated quest. (ANT100, $15.95)

The Worst Journey in the World

The Worst Journey in the World


by Apsley Cherry-Garrard

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 573 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Cherry-Garrard's epic midwinter jaunt to an emperor penguin rookery is just a warm-up for the main event: Scott's doomed last expedition. (ANT23, $18.00)

End of the Earth, Voyaging to Antarctica

End of the Earth, Voyaging to Antarctica


by Peter Matthiessen

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 242 PAGES

In this fine book, the result of two voyages, Matthiessen captures the magic of polar landscapes and wildlife, along with the camaraderie of a ship-based polar expedition. (ANT190, $15.00)

Lost Antarctica, Adventures in a Disappearing Land

Lost Antarctica, Adventures in a Disappearing Land


by James McClintock

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A marine biologist who first traveled to the Kerguelen 30 years ago, James McClintock offers an intimate tour of the continent and his many voyages south, covering his field seasons at Palmer and McMurdo, his work on marine invertebrates and looming environmental challenges with equal, feet-on-the-ground aplomb. McClintock leads an annual expedition cruise to the Antarctic on climate change (some of you may have traveled with him). (ANT365, $17.00)

AntARCTIC, A Tribute to Life in the Polar Regions

AntARCTIC, A Tribute to Life in the Polar Regions


by Michael Poliza

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Fiftieth Anniversary Edition. With his inimitable blend of intimate close-ups and cinematic landscapes, Michael Poliza celebrates polar wildlife and landscapes in this compact edition of his oversized, sumptuous original, (ANT314, $39.95)

Antarctica, Secrets of the Southern Continent

Antarctica, Secrets of the Southern Continent


by David McGonigal

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 400 PAGES

Expedition leader McGonigal's strikingly illustrated Antarctic primer features 600 color photographs and excellent maps along with essays on history, exploration, wildlife, science and conservation by fellow Antarcticans. (ANT167, $59.95)

Antarctica, The Global Warning

Antarctica, The Global Warning


by Sebastian Copeland | Mikhail Gorbachev | Leonardo di Caprio

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 206 PAGES

Copeland's atmospheric, full-page photographs of ice, mountains and sea are glorious -- and his argument that Antarctica is a barometer of climatic change is timely. (ANT255, $55.00)

Penguin

Penguin


by Frans Lanting

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 168 PAGES

Lanting loitered among the Magellanics, Rockhoppers and Gentoos of the Falklands, spent time with the King penguins of South Georgia and, famously, camped on the sea ice to follow the life cycle of the Emperor penguins and their young. (ANT117, $14.99)

Southern Light, Images from Antarctica

Southern Light, Images from Antarctica


by David Neilson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 306 PAGES

Photographer David Neilson has turned his six journeys to the ice over the last 20 years, often with the Australian Antarctic Program (and sometimes lugging a 30-pound large format camera), into a coffee-table tribute to the continent and its wildlife. Includes 130 color and 100 rich black-and-white oversized photographs, gate-folds and double-page spreads that portray the drama and beauty of the Antarctic. (ANT383, $85.00)

Penguins, The Ultimate Guide

Penguins, The Ultimate Guide


by Tui De Roy

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

Featuring more than 400 photographs, this is the traveler's ultimate guide to the 18 species of penguins residing near the South Pole. Includes scientific discussions on penguin conservation, profiles, facts and tips on where to see them in Antarctica. (ANT399, $35.00)

Whales, Dolphins, and Other Marine Mammals of the World

Whales, Dolphins, and Other Marine Mammals of the World


by Hadoram Shirihai | Brett Jarrett

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

This eye-catching Princeton Field Guide by Shirihai and illustrator Jarrett is noteworthy for its 450 excellent color photographs, range maps and text, all bundled in a compact package. (FG62, $24.95)

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