Thin Ice by Mark Bowen
Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World's Highest Mountains (John MacRae Books)

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"One of the best books yet published on climate change . . . The best compact history of the science of global warming I have read."--Bill McKibben, The New York Review of Books
The world's premier climatologist, Lonnie Thompson has been risking his career and life on the highest and most remote ice caps along the equator, in search of clues to the history of climate change. His most innovative work has taken place on these mountain glaciers, where he collects ice cores that provide detailed information about climate history, reaching back 750,000 years. To gather significant data Thompson has spent more time in the death zone--the environment above eighteen thousand feet--than any man who has ever lived.
Scientist and expert climber Mark Bowen joined Thompson's crew on several expeditions; his exciting and brilliantly detailed narrative takes the reader deep inside retreating glaciers from China, across South America, and to Africa to unravel the mysteries of climate. Most important, we learn what Thompson's hard-won data reveals about global warming, the past, and the earth's probable future.
 

About Mark Bowen

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A well-known scientist, alpinist, magazine and popular-science writer, Mark Bowen holds a Ph.D. in physics from MIT.
 
Published October 3, 2006 by Henry Holt and Co.. 496 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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But while the author starts off trying to weave in hard science with tales of Thompson drilling ice in sub-zero temperatures, transferring core samples in hot-air balloons, this is ultimately a history of the science, covering climatology’s beginnings and citing projections for the near future.

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Wired

The results from Thompson’s work showed that these ice caps have records going back maybe not has far as the continental ice sheets but much farther than had been postulated (100,000 years).

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Energy Bulletin

Thin Ice is the story of the scientific team from Ohio State University, led by researcher Lonnie Thompson, that has spent the last two decades drilling ice cores in tropical mountain glaciers.

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