Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places

Bill Streever, Author
Bill Streever, Author . Little, Brown $24.99 (292p) ISBN 978-0-316-04291-8
Reviewed on: 04/27/2009
Release date: 07/01/2009
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Cold weather systems the earth needs to thrive is the subject of Streever's well-documented book, using all of the author's expertise from his field trips to the world's most frigid environments. Streever, who chairs the North Slope Science Initiative's Science Technical Advisory Panel, writes of the frostiest experience: “We fail to see cold for what it is: the absence of heat, the slowing of molecular motion, a sensation, a perception, a driving force.” Rather than giving the reader a dry, academic lecture on snow, glaciers, wind-chill factors and icebergs, he delivers a poetic, anecdotal narrative complete with polar expeditions, Ice Age mysteries, igloos, permafrost and hailstorms. Two of the most fascinating segments are the arduous task of scientific reconstruction of past climates and the magical navigation of migratory birds to warmer lands. This is a wonderful collection of one man's first-rate observations and commentary about the history and importance of cold to the earth and its occupants. (July)

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