The Transantarctic Mountains

Rocks, Ice, Meteorites and Water

Faure Gunter, Mensing Teresa M.


This book presents a summary of the geology of the Transantarctic Mountains for Earth scientists who need an overview of the history of this region. In addition, the properties of the East Antarctic ice sheet and of the meteorites that accumulate on its surface are treated in separate chapters. The presentation ends with the Cenozoic glaciation of the Transantarctic Mountains including the limnology and geochemical evolution of the saline lakes in the ice-free valleys. 

The subject matter in this book is presented in chronological order starting about 750 million years ago and continuing to the present time. The chapters however can be read selectively. The text is richly illustrated with 330 original line drawings as well as with 182 color maps and photographs. The book serves as an encyclopedia of the Transantarctic Mountains and of the East Antarctic ice sheet. Most of the chapters are supplemented by Appendices containing data tables, additional explanations of certain phenomena (e.g., the formation and seasonal destruction of stratospheric ozone.


The experienced authors have spent a combined total of fourteen field seasons between 1964 and 1995 doing geological research in the Transantarctic Mountains with logistical support by the US Antarctic Program. Although Antarctica is remote and inaccessible, tens of thousands of scientists of many nationalities and their assistants have worked there and even larger numbers of investigators will work there in the future. This book is a very valuable source of information for those wishing to travel there themselves - or those, who just dream of this far away place.


The main chapters:

- The Exploration of Antarctica

- The Continent

- The Basement Rocks

- Gondwana: Growth and Disintegration

- Fire and Ice

- Antarctica in Retrospect


The Transantarctic Mountains

Rocks, Ice, Meteorites and Water
Faure Gunter, Mensing Teresa M.
1st Edition 2011

804 p.

307 illus., 182 in color.

ISBN 978-1-4020-8406-5
186,94 € - Berge von Büchern • Bücher über Berge • Bergbücher • Alpinliteratur

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