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Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places

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"Tahiti's gone condo, but mysteries are still waiting for those who know where to look: not necessarily in different places but even, as Bill Streever shows in Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places, at different temperatures. Cold describes a journey to a sensation that, in our comfortable, climate-controlled lives, is as foreign to most of us as New Guinea itself. (Though both offer opportunities for shedding a few pounds: 'Cold, really, is like malaria. If it does not kill you, it will help you lose weight.')" Benjamin Moser, Harper's Magazine (read the entire Harper's Magazine review)

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From avalanches to glaciers, from seals to snowflakes, and from Shackleton's expedition to The Year Without Summer, Bill Streever journeys through history, myth, geography, and ecology in a year-long search for cold — real, icy, 40-below cold.

In July he finds it while taking a dip in a 35-degree Arctic swimming hole; in September while excavating our planet's ancient and not so ancient ice ages; and in October while exploring hibernation habits in animals, from humans to wood frogs to bears.

A scientist whose passion for cold runs red hot, Streever is a wondrous guide: he conjures woolly mammoth carcasses and the ice-age Clovis tribe from melting glaciers, and he evokes blizzards so wild readers may freeze — limb by vicarious limb.

About the Author

Bill Streever chairs the North Slope Science Initiative's Science Technical Advisory Panel in Alaska and serves on many related committees, including a climate change advisory panel. A biologist, he lives with his son in Anchorage, where he hikes, bikes, camps, scuba dives, and cross country skies, as often as the weather allows.

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ISBN:
9780316042925
Author:
Streever, Bill
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geography
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Science Reference-Essays
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
291
Dimensions:
8.00x5.40x.90 in. .60 lbs.

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"Review A Day" by , "Tahiti's gone condo, but mysteries are still waiting for those who know where to look: not necessarily in different places but even, as Bill Streever shows in Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places, at different temperatures. Cold describes a journey to a sensation that, in our comfortable, climate-controlled lives, is as foreign to most of us as New Guinea itself. (Though both offer opportunities for shedding a few pounds: 'Cold, really, is like malaria. If it does not kill you, it will help you lose weight.')" Benjamin Moser, Harper's Magazine (read the entire Harper's Magazine review)
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