Research Blog Antarctica #36

Non-fiction: William A. Cassidy: Meteorites, Ice, and Antarctica (Cambridge University Press, 2003)

A general reader about meteorites and the American meteorite-hunting program in Antarctica. It’s an interesting, readable book. I wasn’t particularly interested in meteorites before, but this book managed to sell its subject in a way that it seemed worthwhile.

In the tradition of Antarctica books, Cassidy talks a lot about his own experiences on the continent along with the scientific meteorite stuff. His writing style is a bit dry, but its also very exact. He always tells you everything you need to know. It’s refreshing to read.

So far, my interest in Antarctica has led me to read books about meteorites, bird-watching, long-distance swimming and the aesthetic history of the sublime. I suppose this counts as a general education.

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