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Polar Regions

Polar Regions

Follow in the footsteps of great explorers into the globe's remote regions. The surreal, frozen landscapse of the Antarctic and Arctic inspire the most daring adventurers. From Ernest Shackleton's epic tale of Antarctic survival, to the Arctic dreams of Barry Lopez, to a bounty of breathtaking photo collections, there's no lack of books to enrich your travels to the ends of the earth.

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The Longitude Blog – Polar Regions
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...

Melting Away
A widely published and celebrated photographer, Camille Seaman has built a career on majestic portraiture. Over a 10-year period, she traveled to the poles as an expedition photographer to document the rapidly changing face of the Arctic and Antarctic regions. In her new book Melting Away, Seaman offers a masterful series of 75 photos of beauty and historical significance, presented alongside accompanying essays, which evocatively reveal climate change at work.