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by David G. Campbell

  • Author: David G. Campbell
  • ISBN: 0618219218
  • ISBN13: 978-0618219216
  • ePub: 1719 kb | FB2: 1144 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Biological Sciences
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (May 7, 2002)
  • Pages: 336
  • Rating: 4.4/5
  • Votes: 734
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The Crystal Desert: Summers in Antarctica ePub download

He's a gifted writer with an especially fine hand at making his readers feel right at home in a place very few of us will ever get to see. Armchair travelers couldn't ask for a better book, no matter what the season. From Publishers Weekly.

The Crystal Desert book. In beautiful, lucid prose, David G. Campbell chronicles the desperately short summers on the Antarctic Penin THE CRYSTAL DESERT: SUMMERS IN ANTARCTICA is the story of life's tenacity on the coldest of Earth's continents. It tells of the explorers who discovered Antarctica, of the whalers and sealers who despoiled it, and of the scientists who are deciphering its mysteries.

The Crystal Desert is not only the most eloquent book ever written about Antarctica but one of the best portraits of a. .

The Crystal Desert is not only the most eloquent book ever written about Antarctica but one of the best portraits of a place ever published. Most books about Antarctica have focused on the lifeless ice cap that smothers two-thirds of the continent and on the heroic marches toward the South Pole that have pitted humans against a frozen world. The Crystal Desert is about the other Antarctica, the "banana belt" of the Antarctic Peninsula. The interior of the peninsula is biological haiku: a few eloquent syllables of plants and animals.

A glittering, curlicued natural history of Antarctica: Campbell's literary debut and a Houghton Mifflin Literary .

A glittering, curlicued natural history of Antarctica: Campbell's literary debut and a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award winner.

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THE CRYSTAL DESERT: SUMMERS IN ANTARCTICA is the story of life's tenacity on the coldest of Earth's continents. Campbell chronicles the desperately short summers on the Antarctic Peninsula. He presents a fascinating portrait of the evolution of life in Antarctica and also of the evolution of the continent itself. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime,.

David George Campbell (born January 28, 1949 in Decatur, Illinois, United States) is an American educator, ecologist, environmentalist, and award-winning author of non-fiction. The Crystal Desert: Summers in Antarctica. Campbell spent his childhood on Eleuthera Island, Bahamas, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He received a BS in biology from Kalamazoo College (1971), an MS in biology from the University of Michigan (1973), and a P. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (1984). ISBN 0-618-21921-8 Campbell, David G. (2002-05-07).

THE CRYSTAL DESERT: SUMMERS IN ANTARCTICA is the story of life's tenacity on the coldest of Earth's continents. It tells of the explorers who discovered Antarctica, of the whalers and sealers who despoiled it, and of the scientists who are deciphering its mysteries. In beautiful, lucid prose, David G. Campbell chronicles the desperately short summers on the Antarctic Peninsula. He presents a fascinating portrait of the evolution of life in Antarctica and also of the evolution of the continent itself.
Uaoteowi
Though I bought this as a preview to a trip to Antarctica, it's a beautiful read for anyone who cares about this no longer pristine area, it's wild life and the ice. Lovely writing that is neither romantic nor too strictly scientific, it covers the remarkable animals of land, sea and under sea comprehensively but not exhaustively. The author is a seasoned researcher, not primarily a nature writer. It also touches on the physical & psychological conditions faced by researchers without being about them. It prepared me for the beauty of the place and the not so lovely smell of penguin rookeries and has some excellent coverage (again, not exhaustive) of the history of exploration there. It's a book I'll take with me to reread as I travel. NB: it is out of date now in terms of policy and politics affecting Antarctica but that is not too difficult to research on line.
Agarus
David Campbell is, quite simply, a poet scientist. His writing is stunning, for ANY genre, but for a scientist, he's extraordinary. There are passages in this book that I read and re-read, just because the language is so amazing. His deep love for the natural world and the creatures/systems he studies shine through on every page, and his willingness to speak from his heart about what is happening to these wild places is not often found in serious scientific writing, which this most definitely is! If you want to be fascinated even while reading a sometimes dense explanation of how the ecosystems of the Antarctic work, this is your book. Never did I think I'd have any feelings toward the critters living in the benthic ooze -- but I'm here to tell you that because of his portrayal of their life cycles, I have new-found respect for the term "web of life" and the amazing abilities of even these tiniest of creatures. You will not be sorry you read this book. I have also read his book about the Amazon and was equally knocked over by it and highly recommend A Land of Ghosts.
DABY
I liked this book although not as much as the others I read which were more contemporarily written. This was published in the 90s. The book finishes with a good account of history that is interestingly written and worth reading even if you know the general history. Perhaps most interesting is his telling of the conditions in which scientists have to work with a glimpse at the dangers and an enthusiastic accounting of the accomplishments and finds made as well as how those happened. This was third on my list of four to read and I am very glad I read it as so much of it is still applicable despite having been written quite a while ago.
Dagdage
Excellent overview of Antarctica, including its various life forms and the history of humans' relationship to them (much of it horrendously negative, but told in a way that never makes you say, 'stop! I'm outta here.' Campbell is too good a writer, and an insightful enough mind, that is transcends that. This was recommended to me as one of three best things to read on the continent (along with Caroline Alexander's The Endurance and the play, Terra Nova, on Scott/Amundsen). The recommendation was spot on.
caif
Read during my Antarctic cruise. Extraordinary, a masterpiece even. Still have to look up lots of words I don't know.
Malann
A must read for anyone contemplating an excursion to Antarctica - I read it first while doing one, it was remarkably accurate plus some historical information to boot.
Uscavel
overwritten and very scientific language. I didn't finish it before I went to Antarctica, and I doubt if I'll pick it up now that I'm back.
Thoroughly enjoyed the broad coverage of Antarctica ,history,biology,geography and the negative impact of human intrusion and decimation of the whale and seal ppns.Science well written.
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