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Sub­antarc­tic Wilder­ness: Mac­quarie Is­land Aleks Ter­auds and Fiona Ste­wart (Ja­cana Books-Allen & Un­win, $59.95) THE sub­antarc­tic is­lands are weath­erblasted, tree­less land­scapes of grasses, ferns, mosses and lichens with grey peb­bled beaches, bare choco­late-brown soil, vol­canic rock and low­er­ing skies. Mac­quarie Is­land on the verge of the South­ern Ocean’s po­lar front, about half­way be­tween Antarc­tica and Tas­ma­nia, has all the moody at­mos­phere of its re­gion. Douglas Maw­son fa­mously vis­ited here in 1911-14, and sepia-toned pho­to­graphs of the ex­pe­di­tion are in­cluded. (Here’s Harold Hamil­ton, hav­ing shot an al­ba­tross; did he not read TheAn­cien­tMariner ?) Pho­tog­ra­pher Aleks Ter­auds spent 12 years on the is­land study­ing the al­ba­trosses. (He has pub­lished an ear­lier book on them, also with de­signer-artist Fiona Ste­wart.) This book has in­for­ma­tion on ev­ery as­pect of the area, but it’s fi­nally about the won­der­ful pic­tures, many full-page, of pen­guins, pe­trels, ele­phant seals, al­ba­trosses, the south­ern lights and the land­scape in all its som­bre glory. Ju­dith Elen

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