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The Arctic doesn't spring to mind when most people think about autumn. Yet in his continuing effort to invite readers' curiosity through unpredictability, Pete Dunne chose to pair the transitional season of autumn with this fragile environment in flux.

The book begins on Bylot Island in Nunavut, Canada, at the retreating edge of the seasonal ice sheet, then moves to Alaska, where the needs of molting geese go head to head with society's need for oil. Then on to the Barren Lands of Canada, and a search for the celebrated caribou herds that mean life and death for human and animal predators alike.

A canoe trip down the John River is filled with memories, laughter, and contemplation; a caribou hunt with a professional trapper leads to a polemic on hunting; and Pete travels to an island in the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska, to look for rare birds and ponder the passionate nature of competitive bird listers.

No trip to the Arctic would be complete without a trip to see polar bears, so Pete and his wife visit Churchill, Manitoba, the polar bear capital of the world. These majestic, but threatened, creatures lead Pete to think about his own life, our interactions with the natural world, and the importance of the Arctic, North America's last great wilderness.

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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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Journeying to the most alien place on the planet, science writer Gabrielle Walkerand#160;presents aand#160;biography of Antarctica, weaving its history of explorationand#160;with the science currently being conducted there. Walker gives usand#160;glimpses at the marvelous creatures clinging to life above and below the ice, the international community drawn to an existence of extremes, the desolate stretches of surface that yield surprising information about life beyond our planet, and the crumbling ice shelves acting as global climate bellwethers.

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The thirdand#160;in a four-book series on humans' relationship to nature.
and#160;

Synopsis:

Antarctica is the most alien place on the planet, the only part of the earth where humans could never survive unaided. Out of our fascination with it have come many books, most of which focus on only one aspect of its unique strangeness. None has managed to capture the whole storyand#8212;until now.

Drawing on her broad travels across the continent, in Antarctica Gabrielle Walker weaves all the significant threads of life on the vast ice sheet into an intricate tapestry, illuminating what it really feels like to be there and why it draws so many different kinds of people. With her we witness cutting-edge science experiments, visit the South Pole, lodge with American, Italian, and French researchers, drive snowdozers, drill ice cores, and listen for the message Antarctica is sending us about our future in an age of global warming.

This is a thrilling trip to the farthest reaches of earth by one of the best science writers working today.

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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.

Table of Contents

Map of Antarcticaand#160;x

Introductionand#160;xiii

Prologueand#160;xix

PARTand#160;1:and#8194;EAST ANTARCTICand#160;COAST and#8211; ALIEN WORLD

1.and#8194;Welcome to Mactownand#160;3

2.and#8194;The March of the Penguinsand#160;33

3.and#8194;Mars on Earthand#160;89

PART 2:and#8194;THE HIGH PLATEAU and#8211; TURNING POINT

4.and#8194;The South Poleand#160;141

5.and#8194;Concordiaand#160;213

PART 3:and#8194;WEST ANTARCTICA and#8211; HOME TRUTHS

6.and#8194;A Human Touchand#160;259

7.and#8194;Into the Westand#160;309

Timelineand#160;351

Glossaryand#160;357

Notesand#160;361

Suggestions for Further Readingand#160;363

Acknowledgementsand#160;375

Indexand#160;379

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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:
An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent
Author:
Streever, Bill
Author:
Walker, Gabrielle
Author:
Dunne, Pete
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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
Subject:
Earth Sciences
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20130115
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 maps
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 9.99 lb

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Product details 416 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316042918 Reviews:
"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 ,
Journeying to the most alien place on the planet, science writer Gabrielle Walkerand#160;presents aand#160;biography of Antarctica, weaving its history of explorationand#160;with the science currently being conducted there. Walker gives usand#160;glimpses at the marvelous creatures clinging to life above and below the ice, the international community drawn to an existence of extremes, the desolate stretches of surface that yield surprising information about life beyond our planet, and the crumbling ice shelves acting as global climate bellwethers.
"Synopsis" by ,
The thirdand#160;in a four-book series on humans' relationship to nature.
and#160;
"Synopsis" by ,

Antarctica is the most alien place on the planet, the only part of the earth where humans could never survive unaided. Out of our fascination with it have come many books, most of which focus on only one aspect of its unique strangeness. None has managed to capture the whole storyand#8212;until now.

Drawing on her broad travels across the continent, in Antarctica Gabrielle Walker weaves all the significant threads of life on the vast ice sheet into an intricate tapestry, illuminating what it really feels like to be there and why it draws so many different kinds of people. With her we witness cutting-edge science experiments, visit the South Pole, lodge with American, Italian, and French researchers, drive snowdozers, drill ice cores, and listen for the message Antarctica is sending us about our future in an age of global warming.

This is a thrilling trip to the farthest reaches of earth by one of the best science writers working today.

"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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