"Climate action, such as the demonstrations and work led by young activists across the globe, tells us that it is not too late to reclaim the leadership that has been handed to special interests and reminds us that our planet is urgently in need of protecting. It is in that spirit that I encourage you to turn the pages of Sebastian’s superb book, read his words, and take in the otherworldly visuals that he has so eloquently captured in this volume. Sebastian’s Antarctica: The Waking Giant shows a frozen landscape with a scale and light that tells the tale of a critical ecosystem that will fast slip away without enormous global action.”
– Leonardo DiCaprio
The Antarctica contained in the pages of this book is there to remind us what nature looked like long before we came, and how it might feel after we have gone. One day it might stand as a testament to what was once but is no longer. To celebrate this magnificent landscape is also a way for me to remember how fragile and precarious it is. It is my privilege to invite you into this world. Welcome to Antarctica!” – Sebastian Copeland
Antarctica's ice sheet is a powerful entity, alive and dynamic. It is up to three million years old; its mass is constantly and imperceptibly moving, finally calving to the sea. Deep in the heart of the continent is a barren desert of snow, while the coast teems with life: the dominion of whales, birds, penguins, and seals, which had previously evolved outside of human contact. Until recently, scientists thought Antarctica had remained mostly untouched by climate change. But now they have warned that the ice is indeed melting — and quickly. Explorer Sebastian Copeland's stunning photography delivers unparalleled access to the least explored continent on Earth and galvanizes our awareness of the threats of global warming in ANTARCTICA: THE WAKING GIANT. Copeland captures the scope of this giant continent as only a professional polar explorer can, having completed the first transcontinental crossing of Antarctica via two of its poles (Pole of Inaccessibility and the South Pole) on skis: 2,500 miles over 84 days.
© Antarctica: The Waking Giant by Sebastian Copeland, Rizzoli New York, 2020. All images © Sebastian Copeland, but no images may be used, in print or electronically, without written consent from the publisher. Serial rights are available, please contact Jessica Napp @ firstname.lastname@example.org.