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Edmund Stump is professor of exploration at Arizona State University. He is also a geologist, polar explorer, mountaineer, and photographer specializing in the geology of the Transantarctic Mountains. He has served as principal investigator or chief scientist on many scientific field trips to Antarctica, most recently a 2010-2011 National Science Foundation expedition to the Beardmore Glacier area. He lives in Tempe, AZ.


"The modern maps and images on which [Stump] reconstructs the passages of the early explorers are a significant and unequaled achievement, created with a passion that seems obvious looking at them."-Guy G. Guthridge, National Science Foundation

-- Guy G. Guthridge

"A superbly illustrated book on the least known mountain range in the world. Stump's informed text combines exploration history and modern science, and the photographs bring the Antarctic landscape to life."-Professor Julian Dowdeswell, Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University

-- Julian Dowdeswell
"Noted geologist, Stump, leads us to the majestic mountains of Antarctic both as scientist and a writer with a passion for polar history. A noteworthy achievement."-Ross A. Virginia, Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science Director, Institute of Arctic Studies Dartmouth College Hanover NH -- Ross A. Virginia
"Best, he includes very fine topographic maps, color photographs (many his own) and satellite images. And most helpful for anyone ever confused about just where and how the explorers made their way, Stump has superimposed the actual routes they took on many of the images."-Robert Harris, New York Times Book Review -- Robert Harris * New York Times Book Review *
"Thanks to the stunning photographs-many by the author-this solid and dependable book is as beautiful as the mountains it describes."-Nature * Nature *
Won an Honorable Mention for the 2011 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) in the Earth Sciences category -- PROSE Award in Earth Sciences Honorable Mention * Association of American Publishers *
"Nowhere will readers find a more complete history of the discovery and exploration of the Transantarctic Mountains than in this book."-Library Journal * Library Journal *
"A fabulous book for Antarctica lovers."-Rasoul Sorkhabi, Geology Today -- Rasoul Sorkhabi * Geology Today *

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