Suggested Reading List
A Field Guide to the Wildlife of South Georgia
Author: Robert Burton
Description: Featuring full-color, full page-photographs of the birds, marine mammals and plants of this most spectacular of the subantarctic islands this handy guide includes detailed descriptions of each species and a 30-page overview of geography, history and conservation. Author Richard Burton reeled in noteworthy experts to provide individual accounts, and WildGuides stalwart Robert Still (Birds, Mammals and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands) handled the expert layout of the 368 photographs and text. Bob Burton was for many years director of the South Georgia Museum at Grytviken.
A Visitor's Guide to South Georgia
Author: Sally Poncet, Kim Crosbie
Description: A convenient, comprehensive and full-color guide to exploring South Georgia by a dynamic duo who know the region intimately. With detailed maps of visitor sites and outstanding color photographs. Second edition.
Ambassador to the Penguins, A Naturalist's Year Aboard a Yankee Whaleship
Author: Ellie Mathews
Description: Robert Cushman Murphy's much-loved Logbook for Grace, nicely re-told, annotated and amplified by his granddaughter. His account of a year (1912-13) among the whalers of South Georgia is a classic.
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.
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 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.
Birds and Mammals of the Falkland Islands
Author: Robin and Anne Woods
Description: A comprehensive photographic guide to the wildlife of the Falkland Islands and surrounding waters, featuring 43 color plates. Published in conjunction with Falklands Conservation.
End of the Earth, Voyaging to Antarctica
Author: Peter Matthiessen
Description: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton, and Antarctic Photography
Author: Sophie Gordon, David Hempleman-Adams, Emma Stuart
Description: One hundred years ago, during the reign of King George V, Britain sent two great expeditions, that of Robert Falcon Scott in 1910, and four years later, that of Ernest Shackleton, into the great unknown. The rest is stuff of legend. Here in one handsome book are not only hundreds of haunting photographs by Herbert George Ponting and Frank Hurley, drawn from the albums presented to the king, but also lively essays, maps, paintings and other ephemera from the Royal Collection.
What We Know About Climate Change
Author: Kerry Emanuel
Description: With the power of a polished lecturer, MIT atmospheric scientist Kerry Emanuel outlines the issues, causes and concerns about the fate of our climate, updated for this second edition to cover the latest from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and unfortunate lack of political and popular will in the United States to tackle this vexing issue.