Lost Antarctica Book Cover

The bitter cold and three months a year without sunlight make Antarctica virtually uninhabitable for humans. Yet a world of extraordinary wildlife persists in these harsh conditions, including leopard seals, penguins, giant sea spiders and predatory worms, corals, multicolored sea stars, and 50-foot algae.

Now, as temperatures rise and ocean acidification increases, this fragile ecosystem is under attack. In this closely observed account, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Antarctica gives us a highly original, colorful, and distinctive look at a world that we’re losing.


of deep-water king crabs
are invading the
Antarctic Slope, signaling
an inevitable near-term
invasion of shallow
Antarctic seas by a
crushing predator for
the first time in
millions of years.

Read more about
McClintock’s research
and the discovery of the
king crab invasion here.