Life Under Ice

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Marine photographer Bill Curtsinger has returned to Antarctica a number of times to photograph the animals and plants that survive in the ice-capped waters at the end of the earth. Mary Cerullo shares his story with us, telling what it's like to start a diving trip by cutting a hole in ice eight to ten feet thick, then diving into the chilly depths.

Bill's amazing photographs show us a strange and wonderful part of our earth, where some fish survive by having clear blood that ...

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Overview

Marine photographer Bill Curtsinger has returned to Antarctica a number of times to photograph the animals and plants that survive in the ice-capped waters at the end of the earth. Mary Cerullo shares his story with us, telling what it's like to start a diving trip by cutting a hole in ice eight to ten feet thick, then diving into the chilly depths.

Bill's amazing photographs show us a strange and wonderful part of our earth, where some fish survive by having clear blood that acts like antifreeze, jellyfish and sponges and sea spiders grow enormous, the food chain is short, and even minor changes in conditions can affect the survival rate of baby penguins. A glossary and resource list at the end of the book continue the learning, and an excellent curriculum guide on Antarctica is available from the American Museum of Natural History.

Follows marine photographer Bill Curtsinger as he dives under the ice at Antarctica to learn about the plants and animals that thrive in this extreme habitat.

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Editorial Reviews

Audubon Magazine
Editor's Choice.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
...there's enough weirdness and beauty combined to draw reluctant readers as well as animal lovers and junior ecologists.
Children's Literature
Antarctica brings to mind a vast, uninhabitable land of ice and mystery. This book presents the South Pole as a place of dazzling beauty, whose flora and fauna attract scientist from all over the world. And it does this in an interesting way. Cerullo, who has written many science books for children, presents the text through the photographer's eyes—or lens. Curtsinger first photographed Antarctica as a young man in the navy. Years later, it still amazes him. The book follows the photographer, who accompanies a research team at the McMurdo Field Station, a research facility for American scientists. His photos of the landscape sparkle, but his pictures from under-the-ice dives are outright enthralling. Cerullo goes into detail about the diving suit and gear that divers must put on, plus how they must tunnel through ice to reach the water. She describes an encounter with a Weddell seal, as well as the giant brittle stars, isopods, jellyfish and sponges that inhabit the cold waters. Back on land, Curtsinger has questions for such well-known scientists as Paul Dayton, from Scripps Institute of Oceanography. This is a fine book; it presents a unique overview of Antarctica's underwater life. The illustrations are clear and colorful but captions under each photo explaining precisely what the reader was seeing would have been helpful. 2003, Tilbury House, Ages 10 to Adult.
— Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-Intriguing color photos of Antarctica taken from above and below the ice by a nature photographer accompany a clearly written text that describes conditions, dives, and discoveries. An absorbing introduction to an environmentally significant region. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780884482475
  • Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 790,801
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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