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  • By John Watson on February 22, 2014

    This is a brilliant book, I am currently reading it for a second time in an attempt to absorb all the content. The sub-title "unlocking the secrets of climate change on the world's highest mountains" is what the book is really about. One quote from Michael Oppenheimer (page 160) "... the ice core work is the single most compelling set of evidence we have on climate history and what's likely to happen in a greenhouse world". Even a sceptic might be swayed!It is essentially the story of over forty years of ice coring research carried out by Ohio State University's unique team of glaciologists under the leadership of Professor Lonnie Thompson and his wife Ellen, but the author has woven in a rich background of information which makes it a lesson in history, science, paleontology and mountaineering as well.The team's scientific field work was carried out mostly at high altitude in sub-zero temperatures which required Shackleton-like endurance. In China, for example, the team spent more than thirty two days working above 23,000 feet - possibly a world record! And all this done, not for fun, but for the cause of science (page 149 "... we're not pretty, we smell a lot, and we have horrible body habits). The were a really tough and dedicated team of men and women.The author, Mark Bowen, holds a doctorate in physics and is an accomplished climber/mountaineer so he knows what he is talking about, but he has also shown here that he is also an excellent raconteur.I bought the paperback version, but the hardback copy might be a better buy for your library.

  • By suzanne sayer on August 9, 2013

    Actually, I think this topic could be classified as source material for a modern opera, in the vein of "Nixon in China" or "oppenheimer". I was so entralled!. This is a story that needs to get out and Opera will do that. I was a bit taken back when the author said that carbon dioxide was frozen in permafrost, but his web site clarified the error.AMAZING coverage of a WIDE range of material. The more I read the more I was impressed with the depth of knowledge and coverage of the material. I cannot comment on the archeology of Peru or Bolivia, but his report on the Inca, and other areas of the Earth was accurate (the Anasazi in NA). I am absolutely ASTOUNDED that a Physicist could compile such an exellent story. It was interesting to me because I have done a lot of hiking and glacial science. BEST report I've ever read. I could not put it down and I requested his other books, but really, as a climber I can't believe any book could be better. He's captured the science (95%) and the climbing experience (150%). Wish I could climb some more, but many of the glaciers are gone and my bones are getting old. I hope that the future generations will be able to experience glacial/permanent ice field climbs. Wonderful book. I'd love to meet the author and talk to him. I surely hope this goes on to make a movie or an Opera. I wish I had read this when it came out a few years ago. Exciting!

  • By Richard Jackson on November 7, 2013

    The book is an uneasy melange of climatology, human interest stories, mountaineering adventure and the history of ancient civilizations. I found it disconcerting too, a chapter will start off on one subject and then veer into a different one. It's also hard to keep track of the chronology.There is plenty of good stuff in it however, but you have to persevere to find it.

  • By John C. Ridge on June 8, 2007

    This is an excellent book on climate change, and in particular the less seldom discussed evidence for climate change in the tropics. It will give readers a first hand account of not only the process of scientific thought but also some of the personalities and egos that are involved in cutting edge research. Lonnie Thompson is the rare scientist dedicated to a quest for the truth who is not driven by his resume. His unique mode of operation is one many scientists could learn from. The book is also full of high adventure and documents the sacrifices that are made in search of scientific data. A true adventure story. The writing style with long sentences takes some getting used to but it is still clearly written.

  • By P.A.W. on January 18, 2014

    This was a book I read for a book club. It was fascinating and very informative - who knew that so much climate information could be derived from ice cores. It was full of facts, sometime almost too many.

  • By Laurie F. Childers on February 11, 2010

    This is an excellent book to read to understand the science and the history of the science involving CO2 and human impact on the atmostphere. The author writes clearly enough for us non-scientists, and with the right amount of detail for both scientists and non-scientists to comprehend the issue. One is filled with admiration for the dedication and resolve of Lonnie Thompson and his team as the trials of living and working at such altitudes are described.

  • By Stephen Balbach on February 20, 2006

    This was my first book on global warming and gained tremendous insight, plus it is an incredibly addictive read hard to put down, heroic mountaineering stories in exotic locations and the greatest scientific discoveries of our time makes for a winning combination.


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