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Life on the Ice by Roff Smith

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December 2002-January 2003, no. 247

Life on the Ice by Roff Smith

Allen & Unwin, $29.95pb, 206pp

Life on the Ice by Roff Smith

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December 2002-January 2003, no. 247

The collapse of the Soviet Union had one quite unexpected effect on world tourism ­– it opened up Antarctica. Cash-strapped, post-Communist Russia could no longer afford its large collection of Antarctic bases, or the fleet of polar-equipped vessels that supplied them. Many of these ships are now chartered out to adventure travel companies. As a result, the opportunities to visit Antarctica have increased dramatically, while the cost of getting down to the ice has dropped steeply. The Antarctic visitor total is now around 15,000 tourists a year, quite apart from the personnel travelling south to the forty-odd scientific bases.

Tony Wheeler reviews 'Life on the Ice' by Roff Smith

Life on the Ice

by Roff Smith

Allen & Unwin, $29.95pb, 206pp