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Antarctica

Antarctica

What compelled Ernest Shackleton on his ambitious crossing of the virtually uninhabited ice-covered Antarctic continent? The same majestic beauty that draws today's travelers. Most modern expeditions will visit the Antarctic Peninsula, a land of flightless birds and striking iceberg-flanked passageways that stretches toward the tip of South America. We've got plenty of books on both penguins and icebergs, and of course, if you haven't read it yet, Alfred Lansing's Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage is essential reading for all Antarctic travelers.

Follow the links below to see recommended reading for each destination.

The Longitude Blog – Antarctica
An Interview with Midge Raymond

authorIn her book My Last Continent, novelist Midge Raymond shares a love story about penguin researchers who find themselves at the heart of a maritime disaster in the Southern Ocean. We've asked her questions about her novel, her research, and her interest in penguins.

1) What inspired you to write about Antarctica? Did you visit the continent before or during writing this novel?

I visited the Antarctic peninsula in 2004, on a small ship much like the Cormorant. Right after returning, I wrote a short story, “The Ecstatic Cry,” which was inspired by a moment in which I saw a passenger fall on the ice near a penguin colony. He was fine, fortunately, but seeing this reinforced the notion that, at the bottom of the world, you are at the mercy of the conditions and of the few people who are with you...

Antarctica
Teufelsberg5 As a native of Southern California who generally despises the cold, I still claim Antarctica as one of my favorite spots on the planet. There are so many things I love about this continent—its sheer immensity, its towering icebergs and mountains, its moonlike, otherworldly desolation—but perhaps the most wonderful thing about Antarctica is the silence.
An interview with Matt Sewell
singleWith pop-art watercolors and whimsical descriptions, Matt Sewell express the individual characters of 50 seabirds in his new book Penguins and Other Seabirds. His illustrations are so inviting, we had to learn more.
  Longitude. Are penguins fish or birds? …Just kidding. The idea for your book came this autocorrect question on Google. What, besides educating the general public, were your goals in producing this book? Sewell. Penguins are ace but it was also a really good chance for me to focus on seabirds in general there are so many around the world it was great way to get them in my canon.