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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.

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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)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"The world warms, awash in greenhouse gases," Bill Streever notes in the first line of this fascinating contemplation of all things frozen, "but forty below remains forty below." He should know. By page three, he has stripped down to his swim trunks and stands poised for a summertime plunge in the icy waters of Prudhoe Bay well north of the Arctic Circle: "I go in headfirst. ... The water stings, as... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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A season of transition in North Americaand#8217;s last great wilderness From Nunavut and the Barren Lands of Canada to the westernmost edge of Alaska and back to Churchill, Manitoba, Pete Dunneand#8217;s experiences in the Arctic comprise wilderness, laughter, and contemplation. Whether hunting caribou, examining the balance between the needs of molting geese and societyand#8217;s thirst for oil, or observing majestic but threatened polar bears, Dunne insightfully considers his own life, our interactions with the natural world, and the importance of the Arctic, the planetand#8217;s last frontier.

About the Author

PETE DUNNE is the author of many books, including Pete Dunneand#8217;s Essential Field Guide Companion, Pete Dunne on Bird Watching, and most recently Prairie Spring, the first in a four-book series on the seasons. He is the vice president of the New Jersey Audubon Society and director of its Cape May Bird Observatory.

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alice of vegas, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by alice of vegas)
I'm not sure why I found this book so gripping. It is really just a more or less random collection of facts about cold, and what it does. Especially when it's cold (by Vegas standards) and the wind is blowing through the cracks, "Cold" is hard to put down. There is an underlying theme of global warming, cold isn't all bad.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316042918
Subtitle:
Adventures in the World's Frozen Places
Author:
Streever, Bill
Author:
Dunne, Pete
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Arctic regions
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
General
Subject:
Arctic regions Description and travel.
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geography
Subject:
Seasons
Subject:
Ecology
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100719
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-page color photo insert
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 9.99 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
A season of transition in North Americaand#8217;s last great wilderness From Nunavut and the Barren Lands of Canada to the westernmost edge of Alaska and back to Churchill, Manitoba, Pete Dunneand#8217;s experiences in the Arctic comprise wilderness, laughter, and contemplation. Whether hunting caribou, examining the balance between the needs of molting geese and societyand#8217;s thirst for oil, or observing majestic but threatened polar bears, Dunne insightfully considers his own life, our interactions with the natural world, and the importance of the Arctic, the planetand#8217;s last frontier.
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