Suggested Reading List
Antarctic Explorer Map
Author: Ocean Explorer
Description: 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.
Antarctic Peninsula and Scotia Sea Map
Author: British Antarctic Survey
Description: One in 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.
Author: James Lowen
Description: Produced by a shipboard naturalist, this handy identification guide focuses on the Beagle Channel, Drake and Peninsula regions.
Antarctica Cruising Guide
Author: Peter Carey, Craig Franklin
Description: This all in one parka-pocket guide includes concise introductory chapters on Antarctica along with detailed information on the most popular visitor sites but its real value is in the wildlife guide: a beautifully photographed roundup of the most common penguins, seabirds, seals and whales that you'll encounter.
Antarctica, A Call to Action
Author: Sebastian Copeland
Description: Copeland's collection of striking photographs includes a three-page list of sensible suggestions to protect the planet.
Antarctica, A Guide to the Wildlife
Author: Tony Soper, Dafila Scott (Illustrator)
Description: 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, each with a few paragraphs, range map and masterful color paintings by the granddaughter of Captain Robert Scott.
Antarctica, Secrets of the Southern Continent
Author: David McGonigal
Description: 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.
Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
Author: Alfred Lansing
Description: Lansing's gripping day-by-day story of Shackleton's legendary perseverance is essential reading for any Antarctic traveler; it captures all the fortitude, drama and cheer of this most famous Antarctic expedition.
Author: Fen Montaigne
Description: Montaigne turns a summer working alongside ecologist and penguin biologist Bill Fraser at Palmer Station (we know many of you have visited!) into a captivating tale of hard work, camaraderie and penguins, deftly capturing the allure and grandeur of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day, and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine
Author: Jason C. Anthony
Description: Posted to the Transantarctic and other remote field camps over eight Antarctic summers, Jason Anthony understands that cold, isolated explorers dream of food. From the celebrated Hoosh of early days (a porridge of fat, melted snow and dried meat) to the cafeteria fare at McMurdo, Anthony traces the history of Antarctica through it stomach.Suprisingly appetizing, the book opens with Anthony's great good fortune of discovering an expert baker at McMurdo, who slipped 12 delicious loves of crusty olive bread into his rations for a three-month stint at a field camp. Yum! With a nod to Roland Huntford, David Walton, Charles Swithinbank, Paul Dalrymple and many other legendary Antarcticans, the book is as well-researched as it is a delight to read.
In Search of the South Pole
Author: Herbert Kari, Huw Lewis-jones
Description: Kari Herbert (daughter of polar explorer Sir Wally) and husband Huw Lewis-Jones collared an international who's who of explorers, historians, scientists and polar experts for this irresistible portrait of place. It's a scrapbook of Antarctic exploration, featuring excerpts from the logbooks, journals and books, a timeline, color reproductions of period posters and other arcana. With 150 photographs, this new book is an essential reference for all Antarcticans.
Life in the Freezer
Author: David Attenborough
Description: This informative, stirring BBC documentary with David Attenborough, set largely along the Antarctic Peninsula, features amazing footage of the marine environment, penguins, birds and people of the Antarctic.
Lonely Planet Antarctica
Author: Lonely Planet
Description: 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.
Lost Antarctica, Adventures in a Disappearing Land
Author: James Mcclintock
Description: 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 havea traveled with him).
Author: Frans Lanting
Description: For this gorgeous collection of 114 color photographs, 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 emperors and their young.
Penguins of the World
Author: Wayne Lynch
Description: Lynch weaves delightful tales of penguins, their habitats and habits, with hundreds of glorious full-color photographs.
The Crystal Desert
Author: David Campbell
Description: A biologist with the heart of a poet, Campbell focuses on fossils, glaciers, history and wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula in these vivid essays.
The Oceanites Site Guide to the Antarctic Peninsula
Author: Ron Naveen
Description: With descriptions, full-page maps and stunning aerial photographs of visitor sites.
The Storied Ice
Author: Joan Boothe
Description: A frequent visitor to the Antarctic over the past decade, Joan Boothe recounts the thrilling adventures of whalers, sealers, explorers and scientists along the Antarctic Peninsula. With abundant quotes, 100 illustrations, 30 maps and a chronology.