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by Gail B. Stewart

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Gr 3-5 --Many books have been written about the natural wonders of Antarctica , but this one concentrates instead on the current political and ecological problems that the region faces. A brief history of the exploration and scientific studies of the area is given but the volume focuses on the impact people have had on Antarctica and on the reasons why its future is of worldwide concern. Stewart discusses the damage that has already been done and the potential dangers posed by global warming and the hole in the ozone layer. She explains why environmental action groups such as Greenpeace are so strongly opposed to mining or drilling for oil or other minerals and why they are so insistent that the area be preserved as a world park. The writing is clear and objective; the author makes a compelling case for preserving rather than exploiting the frozen continent. Excellent, well-chosen black-and-white and full-color photographs support her points. This is for slightly older readers than Keith Lye's Take a Trip to Antarctica (Watts, 1984), which does not address these issues at all. Antarctica lacks a bibliography, and its sole map does not identify the ocean surrounding it. Still, this is an up-to-date and accessible discussion of a timely topic. --Jean H. Zimmerman, Willett School, South River, NJ

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Silver Burdett Press
Publication date:
Places in the News Ser.
Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)
Age Range:
11 - 12 Years

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