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.
From his website I m a book author and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, and I tend to describe myself as both a journalist and historian In addition to the Sunday Magazine, my writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Wired, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Technology Review and Fast Company Usually I write about science, nature,
- 448 pages
- The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey Into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous Future
- Jon Gertner
- 18 July 2017 Jon Gertner