Global warming, a hot topic among scholars of geography and science, has led to increased interest in studying the earth’s polar ice caps, which seem to be melting at an alarming rate. This accessible, two-volume encyclopedia lays a foundation for understanding global warming and other issues related to the North and South Poles. Approximately 350 alphabetically arranged, user-friendly entries treat key terms and topics, important expeditions, major figures, territorial disputes, and much more.
Readers will find information on the explorations of Cook, Scott, Amundsen, and Peary; articles on humpback whales, penguins, and polar bears; and explanations of natural phenomena like the Aurora Australis and the polar night. Expedition tourism is covered, as is climate change. Ideal for high school and undergraduate students studying geography, social studies, history, and earth science, the encyclopedia will provide a better understanding of these remote and unfamiliar lands and their place in today’s world.
- Introduces natural phenomena and flora and fauna found at the North and South Pole regions
- Discusses current concerns related to climate change and its impact on the polar regions
- Furnishes students with an understanding of territorial claims and political issues surrounding the North and South Poles
- Includes cross-references to enable readers to draw connections between topics
- Offers further readings at the end of each entry as well as a Guide to Related Topics to stimulate student research