Antarctica can often seem remote, even otherworldly. In his new book Lost Antarctica, James McClintock eloquently transports the reader to the bottom of the world to witness the profound changes that are taking place.
“As global temperatures rise, icebergs will more often break off, or calve from, the mainland. Throughout the decade I have worked at Palmer Station, I have witnessed many bergs or smaller pieces of ice calve from their glaciers. About once a week, I would be startled by a loud, thundering crash. Leaping from my desk on the second floor of the Palmer BioLab, I would join others running down the hall to throw open the door and watch the waves rolling up neighboring Arthur Harbor—waves brought on by a house-sized chunk of the Marr Glacier breaking free and plummeting in to the sea. Now when I visit Palmer Station, the calving events have come so routine that my colleagues and I in the BioLab don't even bother to move from our desks when we hear the glacier roar. Sometimes, three of four calvings happen in a singly day. Indeed those who have worked at Palmer Station over the past decade don't need to consult journals, television programs, or the Internet to understand how the climate is changing. Furthermore, as the geography changes, so do the names of actual locations. When the receding ice tongue of the Marr Glacier recently revealed an island rather than a seemingly long-established point of land, Amsler Island was officially born.”
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