Antarctica – The Melting Continent

Helen (@helenbyles)

Antarctica is one of those places that I find really interesting. I’ve seen plenty of documentaries about this and every time I come away with the feeling of wonder. But it’s also a place that I’m happy to discover from the comfort of my living room. 

Antarctica continues to have some of the world’s most harshest landscapes that the bravest explorers and scientists have studied. 

But like everywhere Antarctica is suffering the effects of climate change. And scientists are working extremely hard to find a way to protect Antarctica. 

Of course Antarctica is famous for the explorers that have visited, the most famous one is probably Ernest Shackleton. 

Antarctica is a Huge area, there’s a lot of ice, water and the temperature can be anything from -10 to -40. The environment is not designed to be hospitable to humans. 

But the wildlife is amazing it is home to Penguins, sea birds, Whales and Seals. 

This is written by Karen Romano Young who interviewed leading scientists to bring us a true picture of Antarctica.

Karen Romano Young

Sam (@SamJDThomas)

I have always had a natural affinity with the continent of Antarctica, so when I saw this book was coming out for publication (out tomorrow, 21st April) I was delighted by being able to get my hands on a new title that focused entirely on this mesmerising location, and I was not disappointed when I started reading it. It is immersive from the get go, and transports readers alongside the scientists that are exploring Antarctica.

The intentions of the scientific work that is being undertaken is to investigate the changes that have occurred in this region, and to use that information to determine the impact those changes mean for the rest of the world. Like climate change, which is seeing the ice caps melting at a much quicker rate.

The content in this book consists of first hand accounts of what it is to be a scientist that has traveled the vast icy plains of Antarctica, to have endured those incredible temperatures found there, seen the wildlife that inhabit that continent, and undertake such invaluable research. This is such an incredibly well researched book, and host to some incredible explorers and scientists – their stories, their experiences, their accounts – and in doing so it combines exciting content with informative content and structure, and consistently captivates readers from the very offset.

My favourite aspect of this book has to be the narrative, because content isn’t portrayed as non-fiction books usually are, with facts being the vocal point in every angle of the page, because this book has a story vibe to it, and is so much more immersive as a consequence. It is so interesting to read the different viewpoints included in this book in the way the author has intended because in doing so it allows readers to experience that which is being referenced first hand through the accounts included. I will refer to this book over and over, both through my own interest and to educate my children, and I know that this book will be enjoyed massively by those that are fortunate enough to have access to it in their school libraries, topic boxes, classroom reading corners, and homes too.

Be sure to check out the other stops on the blog tour for more insight and reviews on this fantastic title, which is published by What On Earth books, and available to purchase from tomorrow.

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