Ice rivers : a story of glaciers, wilderness, and humanity / Jemma Wadham.
A passionate eyewitness account of the mysteries and looming demise of glaciers--and what their fate means for our shared future. The ice sheets and glaciers that cover one-tenth of Earth's land surface are today in grave peril. High in the Alps, Andes, and Himalaya, once-indomitable glaciers are retreating, even dying. Meanwhile, in Antarctica, thinning glaciers may be unlocking vast quantities of methane stored for millions of years beneath the ice. In Ice Rivers, renowned glaciologist Jemma Wadham offers a searing personal account of glaciers and the rapidly unfolding crisis that they--and we--face. Taking readers on a personal journey from Europe and Asia to Antarctica and South America, Wadham introduces majestic glaciers around the globe as individuals--even friends--each with their own unique character and place in their community. Defying their first appearance as silent, passive, and lifeless, she reveals that glaciers are, in fact, as alive as a forest or soil, teeming with microbial life and deeply connected to almost everything we know. They influence crucial systems on which people depend, from lucrative fisheries to fertile croplands, and represent some of the most sensitive and dynamic parts of our world. Their fate is inescapably entwined with our own, and the potential consequences are almost unfathomable unless we act to abate the greenhouse warming of our planet. A riveting blend of cutting-edge research and tales of encounters with polar bears and survival under the midnight sun, Ice Rivers is an unforgettable portrait of--and love letter to--our vanishing icy wildernesses.
- ISBN: 9780691229010
- ISBN: 0691229015
- ISBN: 9780691231785
- ISBN: 0691231788
- Physical Description: 1 online resource (xv, 219 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : color illustrations, map.
- Publisher: UK : Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2021.
- Copyright: ©2021
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Introduction: Icy Beginnings -- Part One. The Smell of the Ice -- 1. Glimpses of an Underworld: The Swiss Alps -- 2. Bears, Bears Everywhere: Svalbard -- Part Two. The Great Ice Sheets -- 3. Plumbing the Depths: Greenland -- 4. Life at the Extremes: Antarctica -- Color Plates -- Part Three. In the Shadow of Glaciers -- 5. Beware of the GLOF!: Patagonia -- 6. White Rivers Running Dry: The Indian Himalaya -- 7. The Last Ice: The Cordillera Blanca -- Afterword: A Fork in the Path
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