By Henry Pollack Ph.D., Al Gore

ISBN-10: 1583334076

ISBN-13: 9781583334072

A cowinner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize deals a clear-eyed rationalization of the planet's imperiled ice.

a lot has been written approximately worldwide warming, however the an important courting among humans and ice has bought little focus-until now. As one of many world's major specialists on weather swap, Henry Pollack presents an available, entire survey of ice as a strength of nature and the aptitude effects as we are facing the potential for a global with out ice.

A global with no Ice strains the impression of mountain glaciers on provides of ingesting water and agricultural irrigation, in addition to the present result of melting permafrost and shrinking Arctic sea ice-a scenario that has degraded the habitat of diverse animals and sparked a global race for seabed oil and minerals. Catastrophic probabilities loom, together with emerging sea degrees and next flooding of low-lying areas around the world. A global with no Ice solutions our so much pressing questions on this pending obstacle, laying out the mandatory steps for coping with the unavoidable and fending off the unmanageable.

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Icebergs are to the polar imagination what cloud forms are to people elsewhere. Frank Worsley, the captain of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance, offered this description of a field of Antarctic icebergs: Great fragments and hummocks of very old floes, worn, broken down, and melted into all sorts of grotesque and wondrous shapes, were heaving, bowing, curtseying, and jostling on the long westerly swell. . Castles, towers, and churches swayed unsteadily around us. Small pieces gathered and rattled against the boat.

A ship that would fill a football stadium does not quite measure up. Icebergs generally come either from a glacier discharging great chunks of ice into the sea, or from the margins of a floating ice shelf. The distinction is artificial, however, because the ice shelves themselves are fed by glaciers. But the shelves tend to lose the irregularity of the glacial ice that feeds them, eventually to exhibit a flat upper surface like a tabletop. When a shelf launches an iceberg through breakup or break-off, the berg retains the flat top (at least for a while), and accordingly is identified as a tabular berg.

But it was only symbolism to make a point; the nominally non-imperial policy of the United States had long been to eschew claims of territory in the Antarctic. In the face of the contentious overlapping claims of Argentina, Chile, and Britain on the Antarctic Peninsula, Chile in 1948 proposed a five-year suspension of sovereignty issues, and urged instead tripartite scientific collaboration. In the following year, the three nations signed a treaty barring military vessels south of latitude 60º.

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