Lost Antarctica Book Cover

McClintock shares the otherworldly wonders unveiled by decades of research.


A richly informative memoir from a veteran scientist who has devoted his career to Antarctica . . . Entertaining natural history.


Lost Antarctica is a very original, readable, and authoritative introduction to a little known part of Earth’s natural environment, and has increasing threat to its existence.


James McClintock shares his deep love of Antarctica vividly in this colorful narrative. He issues a stark warning about the catastrophe facing this remarkable place — and our globe — from the twin dangers of climate change and ocean acidification. Lost Antarctica reminds us of the urgency of finding new energy systems that do not use our atmosphere or oceans as a waste dump.

Bill Gates, Co-founder and Chairman of Microsoft and Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation   

A close look at the life of a scientist in a strange wilderness for months at a time, and a revelatory exploration of the region’s unique wildlife, the book has a more desperate impetus as well: climate change and its potentially devastating effects.

Chloë Schama, Smithsonian.com   READ FULL REVIEW

Lost Antarctica is an intimate tour of a rapidly changing continent, led by one of the scientists who knows it best. James McClintock has written an important and timely book.

Elizabeth Kolbert, Contributing Writer for The New Yorker and Author of the award winning Field Notes from a Catastrophe   

Jim McClintock takes us with him on an extraordinary field trip to Antarctica, the frigid part of the Garden of Eden. With superb descriptions of the ice and biosphere of the great white continent, he carefully documents how climate change is having a big impact on the penguins, seals and other sea creatures that inhabit the polar waters.

Henry Pollack, Ph.D., author of A World without Ice   

James B. McClintock’s Lost Antarctica is a disturbing distress signal about the traumas and strains of the South Pole in the Age of Global Warming. McClintock is a marvelous writer with a keen eye for the natural world. His knowledge of polar science is exemplary. Highly recommended!

Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University and author of The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960   

Lost Antarctica shares the pure joy of doing science in the coldest, most challenging, and most remote place on the planet. McClintock is a foremost world expert whose love for what he does and the special place where he does it shines through on every page, and his long experience in the field has uniquely prepared him to tell a riveting first-person story of Antarctic change.

Susan Solomon, Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Science, MIT, Cambridge, MA, and author of The Coldest March   

With rare clarity, humor, high adventure and deep, sobering insight, gifted scientist-explorer-writer James McClintock shares decades of experience on, around and under the wildest ocean on Earth. Every person alive should read- and heed- this riveting account of the swift changes now sweeping Antarctica — and the world. Or, you might say: If Indiana Jones were a marine biologist, he would aspire to be James McClintock.

Sylvia Earle, Ph.D., Internationally acclaimed oceanographer, explorer, and environmentalist   READ FULL REVIEW

Jim McClintock is a great scientist and explorer/naturalist in the tradition of Darwin and Wilson. The stories he tells are fascinating in their scientific detail and recollections, and cautionary in their implications.

Hugh Ducklow, Ph.D., Director of the Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole   READ FULL REVIEW

He draws on his scientific expertise to provide an outstanding, highly readable account of the impacts of current climate warming on subsurface and ocean floor ecosystems.

J.D. Ives, emeritus, Carleton University   READ FULL REVIEW


The number of major ice sheets that have
disintegrated along the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula over the past 30 years.

Ice sheets clockwise from top left: Wilkins, Prince Gustav Channel, Wordie, George VI, Larsen Inlet, Jones, Larsen B, Larsen A