Description

The Ice

A Journey to Antarctica

Stephen J. Pyne

  • $26.95s paperback (9780295976785) Add to Cart
  • hardcover not available
  • Published: 1998
  • Subject Listing: Natural History
    Environmental History
  • Bibliographic information: 456 pp.
  • Series: Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books
  • Contents

In The Ice: A Journey to Antarctica America's foremost expert on wildfire turns to the land without fire, a continent reduced to a single mineral - ice.

"Stephen Pyne long ago realized that life is but a special case of the more general chemistry of carbon and exygen that are constantly setting earth aflame. The frozen waste of Antarctica is thus a glimpse at the future that awaits us at the end of all time, when life and fire finally cease."
-William Cronon
Contents
Foreword by William Cronon
Preface to the 1998 Paperback Edition
The Berg
The Pack
No Middle Way: The Exploration of Antarctica
The Shelf
Heart of Whiteness: the Literature and Art of Antarctica
The Glacier
Earth and Ice: The Earth Sciences in Antarctica
The Sheet
The Cold Peace: The Geopolitics of Antarctica
The Source
Afterword
Notes
Sources
Index
Reviews

"The Ice is a compilation of more about ice than you knew you wanted to know, yet sheer compelling significance holds attention page by page..Pyne conveys a view of Antarctica that interweaves physical science with humanistic inquiry and perception. His audacity as well as his presentation warrant admiration, for the implications of The Ice are vast."
-New York Times Book Review

"Stephen Pyne has written an imaginative book that combines a geophysical description of Antarctica with a history of attempts to explore and assimilate intellectually this remote and strange continent."
-Isis