Planet Ice

A Climate for Change

  • 176 pages
  • Mountaineers Books/Braided River
  • 978-1-59485-085-1
  • Sep 14, 2009


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* Photographer has spent 15 years documenting ice all over the world
* Climate change and melting ice will remain front page news for years to come

Planet Ice documents the beauty and the power of ice and its unique role in revealing the changing condition of the planet. Glaciers and ice fields are critical to the health of our world-and we are making them disappear.

Pairing the striking glacier photography of James Martin with essays by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, polar bear expert Ian Stirling, ice scientist Richard Alley, glaciologist Gino Casassa, and noted writers Gretel Ehrlich, Nick Jans, and Broughton Coburn, Planet Ice examines the characteristics of polar, mountain, and tropical ice. It also explores human concepts of ice and wilderness; the lives of penguins, polar bears, and other fauna that depend on ice; the far-reaching effects of climate change; and our responsibilities as stewards of the natural world. Yet this is not just a book of science. Together, these authors illuminate the profound connection between ice-a substance that is at once mutable and forceful-and the wellbeing of our global community.


  • 176 pages
  • Mountaineers Books/Braided River
  • 978-1-59485-085-1
  • Sep 14, 2009

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