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This is a riveting, encyclopedic work inviting the casual browser and reward ing the serious student. More than 60 topics are covered in two-page spreads handsomely laid out and aglow with photographs, maps, and charts. In ad dition 17 featured articles immerse the reader in the everyday extraordinari ness of Antarctic life with pieces rang ing from the laborious mechanics of dressing for the cold to the proper han dling of a dog team. The book has three main divisions: ``The Continent and Its Wildlife''; ``The Explorers''; ``Antarc tic Atlas and Chronology.'' The last in cludes a time chart depicting the expe ditions covered in the second part. Readable, entertaining, informative, and beautifully produced, this is a best buy for both reference and general col lections. Jerry Maioli, Western Lib. Network, Seattle

Ice-covered Antarctica remained largely unexplored until 1956. In this pictorial overview, some 38 contributors, each a specialist on the area, provide essays on the fauna and flora, geography, climate and history of this mysterious continent. The book is divided into three sections: the first covers wildlife and weather; the second documents the travels, adventures and misadventures of explorers who have charted Antarctica's surface; the third discusses diverse topics such as the whaling industry, the Antarctic Treaty, sledge dogs and the mapping of the continent. The illustrations and detailed text combine to form an educational guide and an intriguing journey to a remote land. October

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