Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781789141344 Published December 2019 For sale in North and South America only
An e-book edition will be published.

Glacier

Nature and Culture

Peter G. Knight

Glacier

Peter G. Knight

Distributed for Reaktion Books

224 pages | 80 color plates, 20 halftones | 5 3/4 x 8 1/4
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781789141344 Published December 2019 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $24.95 ISBN: 9781789141696 Published October 2019
As major actors in the unfolding drama of climate change, glaciers feature prominently in Earth’s past and its future. Wherever on the planet we live, glaciers affect each of us directly. They control the atmospheric and ocean circulations that drive the weather; they supply drinking and irrigation water to millions of people; and they protect us from catastrophic sea-level rise. The very existence of glaciers affects our view of the planet and of ourselves, but it is less than two hundred years since we first realized that ice ages come and go and that glaciers once covered much more of the planet’s surface than they do now.

An inspiration to artists and a challenge for engineers, glaciers mean different things to different people. Crossing the boundaries between art, environment, science, nature, and culture, this book considers glaciers from myriad perspectives, revealing their complexity, majesty, and importance—but also their fragility.
Review Quotes
Physics Today
"Among the many victims of climate change are glaciers. The huge bodies of dense ice that form on land and are constantly moving from the force of their own weight no longer cover as much of Earth’s surface as they once did. In Glacier, geographer Knight discusses not only the science of glaciers but also their importance and influence on the environment, weather, and even art and culture. Featuring more than 100 illustrations, Glacier pays homage to one of Earth’s most majestic, yet fragile, features."
Choice
"Knight (Keele Univ.) takes an interdisciplinary view of glaciers, drawing on both science and the humanities. [...] The book is heavily illustrated with breathtaking photographs..."
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