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Terra Antarctica

Looking into the Emptiest Continent

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April 5, 2007 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 328 pages | ISBN 9781593761486
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How does the human mind transform space into place, or land into landscape? For more than three decades, William L. Fox has looked at empty landscapes and the role of the arts to investigate the way humans make sense of space. In Terra Antarctica, Fox continues this line of inquiry as he travels to the Antarctic, the “largest and most extreme desert on earth.” This contemporary travel narrative interweaves artistic, cartographic, and scientific images with anecdotes from the author’s three–month journey in the Antarctic to create an absorbing and readable narrative of the remote continent. Through its images, history… and firsthand experiences — snowmobile trips through whiteouts and his icy solo hikes past the edge of the mapped world — Fox brings to life a place that few have seen and offers us a look into both the nature of landscape and ourselves.

About William L Fox

William L. Fox, Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada, has variously been called an art critic, science writer, and cultural geographer. He has published sixteen books on cognition, art, and landscape, more than a hundred essays in art monographs, magazines, and journals, and fifteen collections of poetry.

Fox has researched and written books set in the Antarctic, the Arctic, the Himalaya, and the deserts of Chile, Australia, and the United States. He is a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and Explorers Club, and recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Science Foundation. He has been a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute, the Clark Art Institute, the Australian National University, the National Museum of Australia, and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

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"If you read only one book about Antarctica, you won't go wrong choosing this one."

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