9780316042925

Cold : Adventures in the World's Frozen Places

  • ISBN 13:

    9780316042925

  • ISBN 10:

    0316042927

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 07/19/2010
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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Summary

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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