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Glacier: Nature and Culture

Peter G. Knight



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Reaktion Books
15 December 2019
Mathematics & Sciences; Popular science; Geological surface processes (geomorphology); Global warming
Series: Earth
As major actors in the unfolding drama of climate change, glaciers feature prominently in Earth's past and its future. Wherever on the planet we live, glaciers affect each of us directly. They control the atmospheric and ocean circulations that drive the weather: they supply drinking and irrigation water to millions of people; and they protect us from catastrophic sea-level rise. The very existence of glaciers affects our view of the planet and of ourselves, but it is less than 200 years since we realised that ice ages come and go, and that glaciers once covered much more of the planet's surface than they do now.

An inspiration to artists, a challenge for engineers, glaciers mean different things to different people. Crossing the boundaries between art, environment, science, nature and culture, this book uniquely considers glaciers from a myriad perspectives, revealing their complexity, majesty and importance, but also their fragility.
By:   Peter G. Knight
Imprint:   Reaktion Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 148mm, 
ISBN:   9781789141344
ISBN 10:   1789141346
Series:   Earth
Publication Date:   15 December 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Glacier: Nature and Culture

An interdisciplinary view of glaciers, drawing on both science and the humanities. . . . The book is heavily illustrated with breathtaking photographs . . . [Provides] a window into how people in recent centuries perceived glaciers, as shown through works of art (including music and literature), and how geographic expeditions contributed to perceptions even into the present day. . . . Recommended. -- Choice Among the many victims of climate change are glaciers. The huge bodies of dense ice that form on land and are constantly moving from the force of their own weight no longer cover as much of Earth's surface as they once did. In Glacier, geographer Knight discusses not only the science of glaciers but also their importance and influence on the environment, weather, and even art and culture. Featuring more than 100 illustrations, Glacier pays homage to one of Earth's most majestic, yet fragile, features. -- Physics Today

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