Science on Ice

Hardback - April 2012 - AU $49.95

Follows deep-south scientists who huddle in tents and dive under ice to study ancient mud, fat fish, migrating penguins and fossilised forests.

'For some scientific questions, Antarctica is the best – and sometimes the only – place to look for answers. Visiting this frozen landscape is to gain a fresh perspective on our world, almost like going to another planet and looking back with renewed wonder on Earth.’ + Full description

In Science on Ice, award-winning science broadcaster and writer Veronika Meduna follows deep-south scientists who huddle in tents and dive under ice to study ancient mud, fat fish, migrating penguins and fossilised forests.

Meduna presents us with a fascinating frozen land – Antarctica’s ice cap holds three quarters of the planet’s fresh water, its layers of ice and sediment record past climate conditions going back millions of years, and the oceans around it drive the global food chain and a giant conveyor belt of currents that transports heat around the globe. The creatures that call Antarctica home have evolved to survive in conditions hostile to life, and the continent’s permanently ice-covered lakes may even hold the secret to how life began on Earth – and what it might look like elsewhere. And though it is the only continent without permanent human habitation, Antartica may yet hold the key to our survival.

In this lavishly illustrated book, Meduna introduces us to an exhilarating landscape, to fascinating discoveries and to the people making them – scientists tackling fundamental questions about life and the world around us.

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'For some scientific questions, Antarctica is the best – and sometimes the only – place to look for answers. Visiting this frozen landscape is to gain a fresh perspective on our world, almost like going to another planet and looking back with renewed wonder on Earth.’

In Science on Ice, award-winning science broadcaster and writer Veronika Meduna follows deep-south scientists who huddle in tents and dive under ice to study ancient mud, fat fish, migrating penguins and fossilised forests.

Meduna presents us with a fascinating frozen land – Antarctica’s ice cap holds three quarters of the planet’s fresh water, its layers of ice and sediment record past climate conditions going back millions of years, and the oceans around it drive the global food chain and a giant conveyor belt of currents that transports heat around the globe. The creatures that call Antarctica home have evolved to survive in conditions hostile to life, and the continent’s permanently ice-covered lakes may even hold the secret to how life began on Earth – and what it might look like elsewhere. And though it is the only continent without permanent human habitation, Antartica may yet hold the key to our survival.

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Details

Hardback | April 2012 | $ 49.95
ISBN: 9781869405830 | 232 pages | 248 x 200 mm
Publisher: Auckland University Press
Colour photographs

Contents

Introduction: A Land of Ice
Uncovering the Past
Life on Ice
True Antarcticans
Oasis in a Frozen Desert
Coda: Beyond the Ice
Sources and Further Reading
Acknowledgements
Index

Authors

Veronika Meduna trained and worked as a microbiologist before becoming New Zealand’s leading science journalist. A presenter and producer on Radio New Zealand National, she is the co-author of Atoms, Dinosaurs & DNA: 68 Great New Zealand Scientists (2008). Meduna has visited Antarctica on two occasions—trips she will never forget.