Under Antarctic Ice: The Photographs of Norbert Wu

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The allure of Antarctica, a place still mysterious, untamed, and unspoiled, has beckoned tourists in increasing numbers as more and more people vie for a glimpse of its terrible beauty and stunning vistas. But there is one aspect of Antarctica they never see, perhaps the most interesting of all—the world beneath the ice. This book, a collection of the finest photographs ever taken underwater in deep Antarctica, illuminates a world brimming with strange and beautiful life forms. For the first time anywhere, Under...
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Overview


The allure of Antarctica, a place still mysterious, untamed, and unspoiled, has beckoned tourists in increasing numbers as more and more people vie for a glimpse of its terrible beauty and stunning vistas. But there is one aspect of Antarctica they never see, perhaps the most interesting of all—the world beneath the ice. This book, a collection of the finest photographs ever taken underwater in deep Antarctica, illuminates a world brimming with strange and beautiful life forms. For the first time anywhere, Under Antarctic Ice brings together the stories, the science, and the natural beauty of one of earth's most vibrant and enchanting realms.

Internationally renowned photographer Norbert Wu was given unprecedented access to the icy waters off Antarctica by the U.S. National Science Foundation to obtain these dynamic photographs. In the extreme conditions that prevail in these seas, invertebrates can grow to enormous sizes: sponges are as big as bears, jellyfish tentacles extend thirty feet, and giant sea spiders crawl through beds of soft coral.

Wu has also focused his lens on the birds and mammals living at the edge of water and ice. We are humbled before mammoth icebergs, witness a killer whale stalking prey from a narrow crack in the ice, and see what penguins look like swimming underwater.

Jim Mastro's introductory text elegantly condenses forty years of scientific research into a clear and concise natural history of this unique place.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In this collection of glorious photographs of underwater Antarctica, noted marine photographer Wu captures the unbelievable beauty and richness of the plant and animal life both below and above the ice. Accompanying these stunning pictures is scientist Mastro's introductory text, which explains Antarctica's environment and ecology. While Mastro tries to condense complex scientific information to an understandable level, the text remains filled with terms that less scientifically sophisticated readers won't understand. But the photos speak volumes, making this book a treasure for scientific and academic libraries; high school students will also find the pictures captivating.--Betty Galbraith, Owen Science & Engineering Lib., Washington State Univ., Pullman Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520235045
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 582,829
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author


Norbert Wu is a photographer and filmmaker specializing in marine environments and issues. His writing and photography have appeared in feature articles in Audubon, GEO, National Geographic, and other magazines; his films have aired on WNET/Thirteen New York's Nature series, which airs on PBS. His many books include Splendors of the Seas: The Photographs of Norbert Wu (1994) and Diving the World: Photographs by Norbert Wu (2003). Jim Mastro is a freelance writer and photographer. He is the author and photographer of Antarctica: A Year at the Bottom of the World (2002). He worked in Antarctica from 1982 to 1996, including five years as manager of the U.S. scientific diving program for the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs.
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Table of Contents


Introduction
A Natural History of McMurdo sound
Under Antarctic Ice
Photographic Notes
Acknowledgments
Glossary
Index
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