The Ice at the End of the World

As Hralekana, the wounded humpback whale, confronts the kraken and leads his pod in search of food, his human friend Mark, on board the Rainbow Whale, faces warships preparing to explode a nuclear device which is accidentally dropped in a ...

The Ice at the End of the World

Author: Robert Siegel

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062508067

Page: 256

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As Hralekana, the wounded humpback whale, confronts the kraken and leads his pod in search of food, his human friend Mark, on board the Rainbow Whale, faces warships preparing to explode a nuclear device which is accidentally dropped in a deep ocean trenc

The Ice at the End of the World

Gertner chronicles the unfathomable hardships, amazing discoveries, and scientific achievements of the Arctic’s explorers and researchers with a transporting, deeply intelligent style—and a keen sense of what this work means for the ...

The Ice at the End of the World

Author: Jon Gertner

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0812996631

Page: 448

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A riveting, urgent account of the explorers and scientists racing to understand the rapidly melting ice sheet in Greenland, a dramatic harbinger of climate change “Jon Gertner takes readers to spots few journalists or even explorers have visited. The result is a gripping and important book.”—Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sixth Extinction NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • The Christian Science Monitor • Library Journal Greenland: a remote, mysterious island five times the size of California but with a population of just 56,000. The ice sheet that covers it is 700 miles wide and 1,500 miles long, and is composed of nearly three quadrillion tons of ice. For the last 150 years, explorers and scientists have sought to understand Greenland—at first hoping that it would serve as a gateway to the North Pole, and later coming to realize that it contained essential information about our climate. Locked within this vast and frozen white desert are some of the most profound secrets about our planet and its future. Greenland’s ice doesn’t just tell us where we’ve been. More urgently, it tells us where we’re headed. In The Ice at the End of the World, Jon Gertner explains how Greenland has evolved from one of earth’s last frontiers to its largest scientific laboratory. The history of Greenland’s ice begins with the explorers who arrived here at the turn of the twentieth century—first on foot, then on skis, then on crude, motorized sleds—and embarked on grueling expeditions that took as long as a year and often ended in frostbitten tragedy. Their original goal was simple: to conquer Greenland’s seemingly infinite interior. Yet their efforts eventually gave way to scientists who built lonely encampments out on the ice and began drilling—one mile, two miles down. Their aim was to pull up ice cores that could reveal the deepest mysteries of earth’s past, going back hundreds of thousands of years. Today, scientists from all over the world are deploying every technological tool available to uncover the secrets of this frozen island before it’s too late. As Greenland’s ice melts and runs off into the sea, it not only threatens to affect hundreds of millions of people who live in coastal areas. It will also have drastic effects on ocean currents, weather systems, economies, and migration patterns. Gertner chronicles the unfathomable hardships, amazing discoveries, and scientific achievements of the Arctic’s explorers and researchers with a transporting, deeply intelligent style—and a keen sense of what this work means for the rest of us. The melting ice sheet in Greenland is, in a way, an analog for time. It contains the past. It reflects the present. It can also tell us how much time we might have left.

Physical Geography

At the end of five minutes the ice would [ See p . 86. ] be at 32 ° . The heat has
warmed the ice . It is sensible , that is , you can feel it . The ice will now begin ... It
is essential therefore to the maintenance of the life of the world . CIRCULATION
OF ...

Physical Geography

Author: Matthew Fontaine Maury

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Industrial Refrigeration

L. Rankin , of Granville , Ill . ( December , 1870 ) , was built with ice boxes raised
above the roof of A SHORT SKETCH OF THE EVOLUTION OF ... studies in
connection with the should be as simple in mechanism as is consistent with
problem of distribution of the world's products . ... It was country , without which
their characteristic products ingeniously designed , having the ice box at one end
of would be ...

Industrial Refrigeration

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Elements of Chemistry in which the Recent Discoveries in the Science are Included and Its Doctrines Familiarly Explained

But if a pound of ice at 32 degrees be mixed with a pound of water at 172
degrees , the ice will soon be dissolved , and then , on ... and the water at 172
degrees , at the beginning of the experiment , and the whole being at 32 degrees
at the end , the water ... This principle is of vast consequence to the world , and
How many degrees of heat become latent during the conversion of ice into water
} How is ...

Elements of Chemistry in which the Recent Discoveries in the Science are Included and Its Doctrines Familiarly Explained

Author: John Lee Comstock

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Chamber s Journal of Popular Literature Science and Arts

When our ice is at its and down , and when the hungry fish bites , bang goes best
, a regiment of cavalry might manœuvre upon it ... large enough to The travelling
on the ice may be good , or it may be admit a cross - cut saw , weighted at the
end , which bad , for the same ... Then there are world , we call it and the ice is
clear , black , and always cracks ; these burst with a noise like thunder ,
transparent .

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Engineering Wonders of the World

Before the cutting down of the piles at the extreme outer end ( Fig . 10 . ) had
been completed , the ice began to break up , and caused the abandonment of the
process . The work was , however , finished by divers , who also laid the cross ...

Engineering Wonders of the World

Author: Archibald Williams

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A Geographical View of the World

Iron rings are suspended at one end of the stick , as well for ornament as for the
sake of encouraging the dogs , by the noise which these kind of bells make , and
which are frequently jingled for that purpose : the other end is sometimes pointed
 ...

A Geographical View of the World

Author: Sir Richard Phillips

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the cottage gardener a practical guide in every department of horticulture rural and domestic economy

Here, then, is a solution on a larger scalo of how a current of air made to pass
over a mass of ice in Suffolk, preserves it from waste ... one set of stout fellows
aro to be provided with fish-hooklike instruments, barring tho barb fixed at the
end of long poles, like those ... The making of an iceberg is tho simplest tiling in
tho world.

the cottage gardener  a practical guide in every department of horticulture rural and domestic economy

Author: george w. johnson

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Journals

frozen " several miles from the shore , the implication being that the ice was
limited in its extent to a distance from the shore which ... Besides , the ice at the
bottom ( southern end ) of the Bay , and the north and west ice , will not have had
time to reach the Straits ... But it is interesting as affording one more proof that
Hudson Bay is not the icebound sca it was once endeavored to make the world
believe .

Journals

Author: Canada. Parliament. House of Commons

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The Lady of the Ice

ATTEMPTS identity with the Lady of the Ice , at once TO COUNTERMINE JACK ,
AND FINAL RESOLVE , he changed about , and declared he would never give
her up . ... years of age , six feet high , and with your On the other hand , I was not
so blind knowledge of the world ! ... And thus the one end , aim , peace ; bringing
also wisdom , and the and purpose of my life , suddenly and almost power of ...

The Lady of the Ice

Author: James De Mille

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Toronto called Back from 1897 to 1847

The hotels , for magnificence , are of world - wide fame , while Central Park ,
Brooklyn Bridge , the great reservoirs at ... We were informed , that for one of
these plates to start at one end and obtrude itself into the car , to the danger of life
and limb , was a matter of common occurrence . ... The ice was coming down
from Lake Erie in great masses , and the only means of crossing was a small ferry
- boat ...

Toronto  called Back   from 1897 to 1847

Author: Conyngham Crawford Taylor

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The Wide World Magazine

Poultry , pigs , muddy bank , the ice cracking like a series of and cattle were
enjoying the change from the pistol - shots as we passed swiftly over it . The
railway trucks , and some lovely little calves at momentum carried us partly up the
bank , and , once captivated the ladies . ... itself and the ice of success , I
rebecame level turned to Winnipeg , again . where the tour came We dashed
back to an end .

The Wide World Magazine

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Proceedings of the Parliament of South Australia

In what part of the world ? -In England ... The water runs from the ice into the tank
, and is there held at a low temperature for a long time , and thus a benefit is
obtained from the cold water . One feature of our ... put meat in one of our cars ,
and it would be as dry at the end of six weeks as when it was first put in . You
could put ...

Proceedings of the Parliament of South Australia

Author: South Australia. Parliament

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The art of skating by Cyclos

No wind ever was in this world imprisoned under a sheet of ice ! ... collected more
to one end of the pond, the air under the ice was driven to the other end, where it
blew up the ice into fragments, and caused the whole sheet to give way. This is ...

The art of skating  by Cyclos

Author: George Anderson (of Glasgow.)

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Refrigerating World

Eastern States The natural ice harvest so far in New York State has proved a
deep disappointment to ice dealers all over ... be able to fortell the de space for
this quantity at each end , and also sufficient available mands for cold storage
space .

Refrigerating World

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English Mechanics and the World of Science

Over 120,000 I should be obliged if you could spare me some At , or even a little
below , zero F. , ice and snow words ... speed at which engine- dictum of
astronomers as to the great heat in the supporting at its upper end an iron
framework I ...

English Mechanics and the World of Science

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