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Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate…

Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World's Highest…

by Mark Bowen

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I really wanted to like this book; the subject is fascinating, which is why I picked up the book in the first place. However, it seemed to sit uncomfortably between a gossip column and a scientific journal, which meant that I wasn't overly interested in the parts I understood, and the parts I wanted to know about were frustratingly out of my grasp. ( )
  Tselja | Mar 25, 2010 |
This is about 5 books in one - the story of the career of scientist Lonnie Thompson, the history of the discovery of global warming, a mountaineering book, anthropoligical study of the rise and fall of civilizations due to climate, and a history of the political debates. Most entertaining book on global warming I've read. ( )
  Stbalbach | Jul 5, 2006 |
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"One of the best books yet published on climate change . . . The best compact history of the science of global warming I have read."--Bill McKibben, The New York Review of Books

The world's premier climatologist, Lonnie Thompson has been risking his career and life on the highest and most remote ice caps along the equator, in search of clues to the history of climate change. His most innovative work has taken place on these mountain glaciers, where he collects ice cores that provide detailed information about climate history, reaching back 750,000 years. To gather significant data Thompson has spent more time in the death zone--the environment above eighteen thousand feet--than any man who has ever lived.

Scientist and expert climber Mark Bowen joined Thompson's crew on several expeditions; his exciting and brilliantly detailed narrative takes the reader deep inside retreating glaciers from China, across South America, and to Africa to unravel the mysteries of climate. Most important, we learn what Thompson's hard-won data reveals about global warming, the past, and the earth's probable future.

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"While mainstream science has focused on polar ice to find clues about climate change, Lonnie Thompson has been risking his career and life on the highest and most remote ice caps along the equator. In the process he has changed the science of climatology." "Scientist and expert climber Mark Bowen joined Thompson's crew on several expeditions, including an eye-opening ascent in East Africa that revealed why the snows of Kilimanjaro will be gone in fifteen years. Bowen also includes an account of the dangerous Huascaran ascent where Thompson's discovery of an unknown type of glacial ice revealed how pieces of the global climate puzzle fit together. Bowen also takes us deep inside retreating glaciers from China and the Tibetan Plateau across South America's Andes and to Africa." "Thin Ice explains what Thompson's hard-won data tell us about climate systems that have long perplexed the scientific community. Even more important, we learn what the equatorial ice reveals about global warming and the earth's probable future."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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