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A pioneering researcher’s illuminating account of Arctic ice—its secret history and dire future
Barely inhabited, the Arctic is an alien world to most of us. It also holds critical clues about the future of our planet. In The Hidden Life of Ice, Marco Tedesco invites us to Greenland, where he and his fellow scientists are doggedly researching the dramatic changes afoot. Following the arc of his typical day at work, Tedesco unearths the secrets in the ice—from evidence of long-extinct “polar camels” to the fantastically weird microorganisms living at freezing temperatures in cryoconite holes.
Tedesco weaves together the bald facts on climate change with poetic reflections on this endangered landscape, the epic deeds of great Arctic explorers, and the legends of the rare local populations. The Hidden Life of Ice is more than a diatribe on climate—it’s a moving tribute to a beautiful place that may be gone too soon.