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Antarctica is located in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, it is the earth's southernmost continent and includes the South Pole.
Antarctica is covered by ice which is, on average, at least 1 mile (1.6km) thick. It is, on average, the coldest, driest and windiest of all the continents and has the highest average elevation.
No humans live permanently on Antarctica but between 1,000 and 5,000 people reside at the research stations which are located around the continent.
(Information from Wikipedia)
Find more background information about Antarctica by exploring the links on this page.
A selection of biographies in the Senior Library
True polar adventures by
Call Number: Library - Biography 920 DOW
Guarded by frozen seas and vast, fractured fields of snow and ice, the North and South Poles are among the world's most mysterious places. But these fearfully bleak environments are no place for humans, as the explorers who set out to unearth their secrets have found to their cost.
If you would like to read books based in Antarctica, here is a selection of the biographical books we have on Antarctica. You will find relevant non-fiction books throughout this libguide or you can use the search box above (select TTS Oliver) to find more books on Antarctica in our Library Catalogue.
Call Number: Library - Biography 910.4
In 1914, an expedition headed by Sir Ernest Shackleton set out to be the first to cross the continent of Antarctica. Shipwrecked and marooned for months on end, their ill-fated voyage became a triumphant story of indomitable courage and faith in the face of astounding obstacles.
Race to the Pole by
Call Number: Library - Biography 919.89
Until early years of 20th century, the continent of Antarctica was barely discovered. All that changed, when Scott, Shackleton, and Amundsen set out to solve the unsolved geographical mystery and find South Pole. This book tells the tale of their expeditions.
DVDs in the Senior Library
March of the penguins [videorecording] by
Call Number: Library - Audio-visual NF MAR
Published: Original issued as a motion picture in 2005
In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family. This courtship will begin with a long journey - a journey that will take them hundreds of miles across the continent by foot, one by one in a single file. They will endure freezing temperatures, in brittle, icy winds and through deep, treacherous waters. They will risk starvation and attack by dangerous predators, under the harshest conditions on earth, all to find true love.
Interactive Introduction to Antarctica
Explore this fascinating interactive website to find interesting information about Antarctica.
Website - Cool Antarctica
Find lots of information about Antarctica on the 'Cool Antarctica' website.
Website - Discovering Antarctica
Another really useful website where you can find lots of information about Antarctica.
Other useful websites
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A selection of fiction books in the Senior Library
Into white silence by
Call Number: Library - Fiction F EAT
During the winter of 1922, the exploration vessel, Raven, became trapped in the Antarctic icepack, entombing twenty-eight men aboard it through the dark polar night. Into White Silence tells their story, a story of a lost past, of a tragic future, of ice, ambition and madness. It captures the terrible, fascinating beauty of Antarctica, both as it was then and as it is today and is a journey into the mind of every person who has ever set foot upon those ice-bound shores.
Here is a selection of the fiction books we have which are set in Antarctica. You will find relevant non-fiction books throughout this libguide or you can use the search box above (select TTS Oliver) to find more books on Antarctica in our Library Catalogue.
The riddle of the frozen phantom by
Call Number: Library - Fiction F MAH
An exciting adventure from Margaret Mahy blended with her trademark surreal humour and writing that makes you want to read it. Sophie Sapwood, daughter of the famous explorer, Bonniface Sapwood, discovers a whalebone pendant hidden at the back of her chest of drawers. At the same time, deep in the frozen wastes of the Antarctic, the ghost of Captain Cathcardo awakens from an ancient sleep, trapped in the Antarctic on his ship, The Riddle. His three cries for "Help" travel through the stratosphere to three different sets of ears; famous explorer Bonniface Sapwood, renowned naturalist Corona Wottley and oily villain Rancid Swarthy, descendant of Escher Black who was first mate on the Riddle. All three parties immediately organise trips to the Antarctic, all with the same goal in mind (solving the mystery of the Riddle) but each with very different intentions. - Blackwell UK
The white darkness by
Call Number: Library - Fiction F MCC
Captain Titus Oates, hero of the Antarctic, has been dead for nearly a century. But not in Sym's head. In there, he is her constant companion, her soulmate, her adviser. It is as if he walked out of the Polar blizzard and into her mind. In fact, if it were not for Titus, life might be as bleak a place as the Antarctic wilderness. When she is taken on a mystery expedition by her eccentric uncle Victor, Sym can't believe her luck. Destination Antarctica-the very place she's always wanted to visit. But Victor has other plans, more sinister than Sym could possibly imagine. Stranded in the most isolated part of the world with her trust in someone she comes to realize is a madman, she must find a way to avoid a gruesome fate. But what should a teenage girl do? Could it be that Titus, the one who perished in that very place, will be the means of her survival? - Blackwell UK
Troubling a Star by
Call Number: Library - Fiction F LEN
The Austins have settled back into their beloved home in the country after more than a year away. Though they had all missed the predictability and security of life in Thornhill, Vicky Austin is discovering that slipping back into her old life isn’t easy. She’s been changed by life in New York City and her travels around the country while her old friends seem to have stayed the same. So Vicky finds herself spending time with a new friend, Serena Eddington - the great-aunt of a boy Vicky met over the summer. Aunt Serena gives Vicky an incredible birthday gift - month-long trip to Antarctica. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. But Vicky is nervous. She’s never been away from her family before. Once she sets off though, she finds that’s the least of her worries. She receives threatening letters. She’s surrounded by suspicious characters. Vicky no longer knows who to trust. And she may not make it home alive.
Maximum ride : the final warning by
Call Number: Library - Fiction F PAT
Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gazzy and Angel are six extraordinary kids created by the crazed Uber Director in a twisted laboratory experiment that left them with the ability to fly. They are back for another wild adventure as they try to save the world . . . and themselves. The Uber-Director sees the group of friends as his opportunity to become a billionaire: he seizes his chance to cash in that lucrative price tag by planning a worldwide auction with the children being offered to the highest bidder. But first his mutant army must track them down and capture them ndash; which won't be easy. Meanwhile, in hiding from their predators, all six of them wake one evening to find they are being given an important mission - to save the world from global warming. Led by heroine Max, their task takes them in a fast-paced, high-speed chase across the world to the South Pole but, as ever, danger is never far away... - British Library