A volcano like no other
Haunting and searingly beautiful, Erebus has attracted explorers, mountaineers, artists and scientists; each drawn to the mountain by their own particular vision or curiosity. The mountain is a truly unique geological phenomenon — an active volcano sheathed in ice, with hundreds of ice caves, huge steaming towers around its summit, and a lava lake. Also, in the minds of many New Zealanders, it is a place of destruction and despair, wrought by a single momentous accident.
Antarctica veteran Monteath weaves history, science, art and adventure into a compelling tale, supported by superb images selected from his lifetime of working and voyaging in the area.
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‘Extraordinary characters are accompanied by superb images of the explorations from the earliest sketches to the present . . . [This book] provides a unique understanding of the history and allure of the volcano’ — John Daly-Peoples, New Zealand Arts Review
‘This superbly illustrated book by writer, polar explorer and photographer Colin Monteath has it all — readable, authoritative text by someone who knows this inhospitable land like the back of his hand, picture editing and research which must have taken years and a high quality production’ — Jenny Nicholls, Waiheke Weekender
‘A stunning new book from mountain and polar photographer Colin Monteath . . . Erebus the Ice Dragon: a portrait of an Antarctic volcano, traverses history, adventure, science, geography and art, and is a fine addition to the library of Antarctic literature.’ — Alison Ballance, Kete Books