February 10, 2014
Dr. Sylvia Earle has penned the intro to the newly released paperback version of James McClintock’s, Lost Antarctica.
Says Dr. Earle, “but the book is the main thing, a riveting account of changes that have taken place in just a few decades. It reads like an Indiana Jones adventure. Jim is Indy, Nature is the heroine, we are the villains.”
The bitter cold and three months a year without sunlight make Antarctica virtually uninhabitable for humans. Yet a world of extraordinary wildlife persists in these harsh conditions, including leopard seals, penguins, giant sea spiders and predatory worms, corals, multicolored sea stars, and 50-foot algae.
Now, as temperatures rise and ocean acidification increases, this fragile ecosystem is under attack. In this closely observed account, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Antarctica gives us a highly original, colorful, and distinctive look at a world that we’re losing.
Photos Courtesy of James McClintock