This is a story of epic adventures, populated by a colourful cast of scientists racing to get a handle on what will become of Greenland’s ice and, ultimately, the world.
Author: Jon Gertner
Publisher: Icon Books
Greenland: a remote, mysterious, ice-covered rock with a population of just 56,000, has evolved from one of earth’s last physical frontiers to its largest scientific laboratory. Locked within that vast ‘white desert’ are some of our planet’s most profound secrets. As the Arctic climate warms, and Greenland’s ice melts at an accelerating rate, the island is evolving into an economic and climatological hub, on which the future of the world turns. Journalist and historian Jon Gertner reconstructs in vivid, thrilling detail the heroic efforts of the scientists and explorers who have visited Greenland over the past 150 years – on skis, sleds, and now with planes and satellites, utilising every tool available to uncover the pressing secrets revealed by the ice before, thanks to climate change, it’s too late. This is a story of epic adventures, populated by a colourful cast of scientists racing to get a handle on what will become of Greenland’s ice and, ultimately, the world.
derrick—not because they needed to burn it, but because they had come to
understand that it was necessary to fill the deep hole they were making with fluid
that held a density equal to ice. That way, the hole wouldn't close up on them. The ice ...
Author: Jon Gertner
Publisher: Random House
A riveting, urgent account of the explorers and scientists racing to understand the rapidly melting ice sheet in Greenland, a dramatic harbinger of climate change “Jon Gertner takes readers to spots few journalists or even explorers have visited. The result is a gripping and important book.”—Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sixth Extinction NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • The Christian Science Monitor • Library Journal Greenland: a remote, mysterious island five times the size of California but with a population of just 56,000. The ice sheet that covers it is 700 miles wide and 1,500 miles long, and is composed of nearly three quadrillion tons of ice. For the last 150 years, explorers and scientists have sought to understand Greenland—at first hoping that it would serve as a gateway to the North Pole, and later coming to realize that it contained essential information about our climate. Locked within this vast and frozen white desert are some of the most profound secrets about our planet and its future. Greenland’s ice doesn’t just tell us where we’ve been. More urgently, it tells us where we’re headed. In The Ice at the End of the World, Jon Gertner explains how Greenland has evolved from one of earth’s last frontiers to its largest scientific laboratory. The history of Greenland’s ice begins with the explorers who arrived here at the turn of the twentieth century—first on foot, then on skis, then on crude, motorized sleds—and embarked on grueling expeditions that took as long as a year and often ended in frostbitten tragedy. Their original goal was simple: to conquer Greenland’s seemingly infinite interior. Yet their efforts eventually gave way to scientists who built lonely encampments out on the ice and began drilling—one mile, two miles down. Their aim was to pull up ice cores that could reveal the deepest mysteries of earth’s past, going back hundreds of thousands of years. Today, scientists from all over the world are deploying every technological tool available to uncover the secrets of this frozen island before it’s too late. As Greenland’s ice melts and runs off into the sea, it not only threatens to affect hundreds of millions of people who live in coastal areas. It will also have drastic effects on ocean currents, weather systems, economies, and migration patterns. Gertner chronicles the unfathomable hardships, amazing discoveries, and scientific achievements of the Arctic’s explorers and researchers with a transporting, deeply intelligent style—and a keen sense of what this work means for the rest of us. The melting ice sheet in Greenland is, in a way, an analog for time. It contains the past. It reflects the present. It can also tell us how much time we might have left.
As Hralekana, the wounded humpback whale, confronts the kraken and leads his pod in search of food, his human friend Mark, on board the Rainbow Whale, faces warships preparing to explode a nuclear device which is accidentally dropped in a ...
Author: Robert Siegel
As Hralekana, the wounded humpback whale, confronts the kraken and leads his pod in search of food, his human friend Mark, on board the Rainbow Whale, faces warships preparing to explode a nuclear device which is accidentally dropped in a deep ocean trenc
Weddell seal ( Leptonychotes weddelli ) | locate their food and to find their way
and start swimming within a month . ... The mature males defend threemammal in
the world , Weddell seals live . ... continually beneath the pupping colonies , and
mate months ) the fast - ice near the Antarctic gnawing and scraping away at the ice with females that enter the water . coast all ... LIFE AT THE END OF THE WORLD.
Cold currents and warm currents. greater than the correlations of the April–
August Papey temperatures with the following ... Conseil permanent International
l'Exploration de la Mer; and monthly ice charts, “Ice at the End of the Month,” in
The ... 1963, 1959, 1952, 1949, and probably also the World War II year 1944 as
severe ice years and the years 1960, 1957, 1956, 1954, and 1947 as light ice
At the end of the season, with the onset of new ice and movement of the polar
pack toward the drilling area, the work of the icebreakers was ... Most of the world's icebreakers use this basic technology, even the Russian nuclear
ICE 2s feature a power car at one end and one of these driving trailers at the
other New Class 152 electric freight locomotive , built by Krauss. from Nuremberg
. The total distance between Nuremberg and Munich will be cut to 171 km ...
ice in a river at the breaking up at the end of winter . ber how the ice cracked and
snapped ? The ice was A great ... It is the corresponding relative portion of the world south of same as if you took a glass of ice water at 33 ° and put the equator
Category: Refrigeration and refrigerating machinery
The Arctic is the world ' s “ early - warning ” system , warming at a rate twice that
of the rest of the world . ... and the volume of the Arctic Sea ice at the end of
summer 2007 was half of what it was four years earlier , according to NASA
Except for cyclical seasonal changes , the ice has reached a steady state , with
the oldest ice at the surface , new ice ... In this context , it is useful to recall that the
arctic sea ice cover at its maximum extent has an area 40 times greater than that
of all the mountain glaciers in the world ... At the end of summer ( August ) the sea ice cover recedes to the Arctic Basin proper , leaving wide bands either of open ...
Four hundred miles of moving ice behind it had just tossed and twisted those
giant ridges until Job himself would have ... Put your back against the ice and
your feet against the rock and lever yourself along , ” said Bill , who was already
standing on firm ice at the far end in a snow pit . ... for with short sight and fogged
spectacles which I could not wear I was much the The Worst Journey in the World
: : 353.
Author: Charles Neider
Publisher: Random House (NY)
Available for the first time in paperback, this fascinating collection features vivid accounts from the journals of 14 Antarctic explorers, including James Cook, Ronald Amundsen, Robert F. Scott, Ernest Shackleton, Richard E. Byrd, and Edmund Hillary.
The as well as one of the most modern structures of wing at practically right angle
to this extends its kind in the world , according to Construction 220 feet and is 111
feet wide at the west end , ( Toronto ) . Terminal storage for lake and rail giving ...
In another experiment , the tin case was was in contact with the ice , the ice with
the tin only four - eighths of an inch in ... on which rested not quite one - eighth of
an inch distant in the one end of a bent platina wire ( 312 ) , the other ice from ...
Author: Encyclopaedia Britannica, incPublish On: 1998
French ice dancers Isabelle and Paul Duchesnay competing at the World Ice-
Dance Championships * Duomo ... to resolve games that are tied at the end of
regulation time; regular-season games may end in a tie if not resolved in
... at all times. World ice-dance championships, under supervision of the
International Skating Union, were initiated in 1950. ... are tied at the end of
regulation time; regular-season games may end in a tie if not resolved in
overtime). Ice hockey ...
Landforms eroded by the ice As the ice moved across the land it scraped the
surface bare of loose rocks and soil , so today soils in these areas are thin . The
landforms ... At the maximum limits was able to invade them , creating a highly of the ice and at points where it paused in indented coastline . ... At the end of each
cold period of the recent ice age , the ice stopped moving and began to melt . As
it did ...
Author: Peter Haggett
Publisher: Cavendish Square
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Presents profiles of countries from around the world, with information on such topics as historical events, the environment, physical geography, habitats, animal and plant life, agriculture, the economy, culture, governments, and industries.