Ice Rivers

By Jemma Wadham,

Book cover of Ice Rivers: A Story of Glaciers, Wilderness, and Humanity

Book description

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 in grave peril. High in the Alps, Andes, and Himalaya, once-indomitable glaciers are retreating, even dying. Meanwhile,…

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1 author picked Ice Rivers as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Academic research into glacial processes seldom inspires deep reflection, but this fine book dramatically changes that narrative. Although Jemma Wadham does an outstanding job providing an introduction to the physical science of glaciology, her emotionally rich descriptions of many expeditions to study the melting ice around the world underscores why fieldwork matters. She frankly presents personal challenges, life-threatening health issues, and the arduous reality of living on the fringe of massive ice sheets and glaciers in a way that exposes the deeply human experience of academic scientific research in wild nature.

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