READERS MUST FIRST DOWNLOAD GOOGLE EARTH PRO
To properly view the accompanying Google Earth files, follow instructions on Installing Google Earth page to download Google Earth Pro to your computer. Once installed, click the Google Earth Folder below each chapter title to download. The link will take you to an overview page which will provide a DOWNLOAD button in the upper right-hand corner of your web viewer. Click this downward facing arrow, select “open with Google Earth Pro (default) and click “ok.” Google Earth will open with the chapter folder.
Lost Antarctica: Adventures in a Disappearing Land, by James McClintock (New York: Palgrave, Macmillan, 2012), pp.xvi, 231. Pagination virtually identical in hardback and paperback.
Jim McClintock’s Lost Antarctica was published in 2012 in hardback, and with minor textual changes and a new Introduction by Sylvia Earle in 2014 in paperback. Antarctica is a poster child for both global warming and what some call “the other CO2 problem” – ocean acidification. McClintock, a specialist in underwater life forms of Antarctica in the University of Alabama in Birmingham’s biology department, lays it all out in the context of his personal discovery of the continent over the past few decades. He explains the major scientific discoveries and their implications in very readable language for non-scientists.
Author’s note, if any: (the paragraphs below were added in July 2018 by Dr. James McClintock, Endowed University Professor of Polar and Marine Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, author of Lost Antarctica)
Bringing the stunning and informative imagery of Google Earth to Lost Antarctica has added a brilliant third dimension to a reading experience that takes you virtually to uncharted territory.
Since the book was released in hardback in 2012 and re-published in paperback in 2014 with a Foreword by ocean explorer Sylvia Earle, much has happened to cement the growing impacts of climate change in Antarctica. Among the news stories that made international headlines was the collapse of a massive section of the Larsen C ice sheet on the eastern Antarctic Peninsula, and the announcement that scientists have underestimated the rate of ice melt for Western Antarctica, revising up the estimates of global sea level rise. Rumors that ice build up in Eastern Antarctica would offset ice loss have been convincingly dismissed.
Interest in Antarctica and climate change is skyrocketing and the Climate Change-themed cruises I have led for A&K Travel for the past decade has now been replicated by at least three other cruise companies. A visit to Antarctica will change you for life: the grandeur of the landscapes, the colors of the ice, the abundance of wildlife, and the realization that you are visiting a continent devoted to international peace and science. For those who cannot make the voyage, this Google Earth addition to Lost Antarctica, skillfully compiled and produced by historian Dr. Jim Brown, is about as close to visiting Antarctica as it gets!