The regions around the North and South Poles share a harsh, freezing-cold climate, but this book also explores the important differences between them. Here you will find all you need to know about the unique features of the polar landscape, its extreme climate and often violent weather, the history of exploration and settlement in the polar regions, the special characteristics of polar wildlife on land and in the sea, and how people use and abuse polar resources. 'Location files' are mini case studies that focus on places with a particular feature; 'People files' give potted biographies of famous explorers or discoverers; and, 'Fact Files' list amazing facts. This book is packed with information, facts and figures, and examples from all around the globe. Clear maps and diagrams extend the expertly-written text.