Glacier Ice

Austin Post and Edward R. LaChapelle

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  • Published: 2000
  • Subject Listing: Natural History
  • Bibliographic information: 160 pp., 130 duotone photos, 9.75 x 10 in.
  • Territorial rights: N/A in Canada
  • Published with: International Glaciological Society, Cambridge, England
    (University of Toronto Press with IGS, sep imprint)
  • Contents

The awesome beauty and majesty of glaciers, the world of ice which has shaped and reshaped large parts of the earth's surfaces, are presented here through more than 100 photographs and a closely integrated, informed text. Austin Post's series of aerial photographs of glaciers along the North Pacific Coast of North America and into the interior ranges of Alaska is supplemented with ground-based photographs from the Himalayas, Switzerland, Chile, and other parts of the world. The authors clearly explain the features illustrated. Their discussion of the effects of glaciers on the landscape, formation and mass balance, flow and fluctuations, moraines, ogives, and surface details is fascinating for the general reader as well as the expert.

First published in 1971 and long out of print, Glacier Ice is reissued in a completely redesigned edition.
Austin Post , formerly a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, is a noted aerial photographer. Edward R. LaChapelle is professor emeritus of geophysics and atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington.
List of Illustrations
Preface to the Revised Edition
Preface to the Original Edition
Glacier Formation and Mass Balance
Major Surface Features of Ice
Glacier Flow
Glacier Fluctuations
Glacier Surges
Meltwater on Glaciers
Surface Details
Calving Glaciers
Glaciers, Volcanoes and Jokulhlaups
Effects of Glaciers on the Landscape
Temperate, Subpolar, and Polar Glaciers
Glossary of Glacier Terms
Selected Bibliography
Photographic Credits

"The photographs are unique, for no one else has taken so many extensive glacier-survey flights, and very few others possess the feeling for glaciers and alpine terrain expressed in these photographs. . . . Glacier Ice is recommended highly for the glaciologist, geologist, mountaineer, or just anyone fascinated with the beauty of nature."
-American Scientist

"This revised edition is a truly wonderful book for anyone who has an interest in glaciers, whether for scientific, mountaineering or purely aesthetic reasons."
-The Geographical Journal