The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey Into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous Future

The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey Into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous Future

Greenland: a remote, mysterious island five times the size of California but with a population of just 56,000. The ice sheet that covers it is 700 miles wide and 1,500 miles long, and is composed of nearly three quadrillion tons of ice. For the last 150 years, explorers and scientists have sought to understand Greenland--at first hoping that it would serve as a gateway to Greenland: a remote, mysterious island five times the size of California but with a population of just 56,000. The ice she...

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Title:The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey Into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous Future
Author:Jon Gertner
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey Into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous Future
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:418 pages pages

The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey Into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous Future Reviews

  • Amy
    Sep 25, 2019
    Greenland is more important than you might think. This book outlines the history of its exploration and study dovetailing with the most important issue of our day: Climate change. I?d recommend this book to literally anyone. It?s fantastic. ...
  • David
    Oct 01, 2019
    Gertner does a phenomenal job of presenting the history of our understanding of the state of Greenland?s ice sheet and the impact global warming is having upon it. The book starts like a history of polar exploration: men (pretty much only men) deciding to cross the ice sheet without ...
  • Marge
    Sep 08, 2019
    Most of this book details the history of early explorers on Greenland which was certainly interesting and also distressing. Reading about death, near death, having to eat their horses and dogs that pulled their sleds for food and continual struggle to survive was almost unbearable for ...
  • Onceinabluemoon
    Jun 30, 2019
    Bad timing for me, recovering from food poisoning and thought climate change would be an interesting topic, I was instantly at odds with the book as it discusses the historical explorations and slaughter of animals... My stomach was not up for the butchery and spent too much time skimm...
  • Chris
    Oct 07, 2019
    I love a polar (or near-polar) exploration story. ...
  • Tonstant Weader
    Jul 08, 2019
    The Ice at the End of the World is a history of the exploration of Greenland?s massive ice sheet and the scientific research conducted there. There are many articles and books about climate change and rising sea levels linked to the melting ice of Greenland, but Jon Gertner takes a d...
  • Tomislav
    Feb 20, 2019
    I read an advance reader copy of Jon Gertner?s The Ice at the End of the World, in uncorrected proof ebook, provided to me by Penguin / Random House through netgalley, in return for promising to write an honest review. The book is scheduled for release on June 11, 2019. Jon Gertner i...
  • Robin
    Sep 05, 2019
    Excellent history of 150 years of exploration and scientific investigation of Greenland's ice sheet. The heat of this past summer has sent my reading to colder climates. But I am happy to be an armchair explorer in air conditioning rather than heading into the ice and cold for real. ...
  • Donna
    Jun 29, 2019
    I highly recommend this fascinating and important book, beautifully written by New York Times bestselling author and long-time friend Jon Gertner. After finishing it, I had a real understanding of not only Greenland's past (including jaw-dropping accounts of exploration) but also Green...
  • Susan Paxton
    Jun 24, 2019
    This is an important book. Deniers argue that climate change is a recent and invented or, conversely, a "natural" phenomenon. Jon Gertner spent several years working on this book to prove that the current climate change is none of those things, but in fact has been evident for many dec...
  • Linnaea
    Jun 18, 2019
    This was a great science history of Greenland. Gertner covers the European time of discovery - landing on the island, crossing the ice sea and the movement into the modern science of glaciology. it was easy to follow. ...
  • Stephen
    Oct 11, 2019
    In a line: One part history of the early efforts to explore Greenland's vast ice sheets, one part history of how paleoclimatology was born. My reading journeys have taken me to Greenland recently, but instead of reading more about the Viking settlements there, I wanted to read abou...
  • Vicky Hunt
    Jun 30, 2019
    A Microcosm of Glaciology: And The Politics That Pay The book that needed to be written; The Ice at the End of the World is that book that briefly surveys the history of Greenland?s exploration, and the work that is done in those research stations we know exist, but know little ab...
  • Sharlene
    Oct 03, 2019
    Greenland made headlines recently but not many people know much about it. Well, this is the book for you. For more than 150 years explorers have been drawn to this sparcely populated place. You can follow along with some of then in the early parts of this story. But Greenland is a hotb...
  • Charles Fried
    Aug 15, 2019
    If you want an excellent introduction to climate change this is the book. There are great stories of the early explorers of Greenland, as well as recent scientific expeditions. This book is suitable for both scientists and non-scientists, full of anecdotes, and people, and stories, as ...
  • Peter O'Kelly
    Jul 22, 2019
    Some related resources: Reviews ? https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/03/bo... ? https://www.washingtonpost.com/outloo... ? https://blogs.sciencemag.org/books/20... ? https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/b... ? https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-... ? https://ww...
  • William Schram
    Sep 28, 2019
    Is man causing irreparable harm to the climate of the Earth? We may be able to find the answers in the ice sheets of Greenland. So says Jon Gertner in a book called The Ice At The End of The World. By examining the ice sheets and taking core samples and other such things it is possible...
  • Scott Wells
    Sep 25, 2019
    Not the book I thought I was getting but in many ways much better. The book starts with the exploration of Greenland by extraordinary men surving on wits and determination. The early journeys on the ice were literal treks into the unknown. The book moves from exploration to the beginni...
  • Kaitlyn Joy
    Jul 12, 2019
    I received an Advanced Review Copy of The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland?s Buried Past and Our Perilous Future by Jon Gertner from the publisher Random House through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. What It?s About: A history of glacierolo...
  • Ed Kohinke sr.
    Sep 16, 2019
    Before starting this book I considered myself pretty well-versed (for a layman) in the complexities of climate change. However, I really didn't know anything at all about a million cubic mile ice cube resting atop Greenland that is rapidly melting and contributing to the rise in sea le...
  • Kathy
    Oct 04, 2019
    I adored the first part of the book, which relates the history of the exploration of Greenland ice caps. The second part is probably the more important of the two, getting into climate change and the effects of global warming on, but I found it to be a little less engaging than the exp...
  • May
    Jun 06, 2019
    I give The Ice at the End of the World by Jon Gertner 4 stars, or in this case 4. I found the first half so fascinating, I loved the explorations and learning about Greenlandic culture and landscape. The second half, the science part was harder to follow and much more in depth than I a...
  • Matthew
    Aug 15, 2019
    Excellent book about the history of Greenland from its discovery and exploration to its modern status as a repository of Earth's climatic history via deep ice core drilling. Also a very sobering look at our planet's possible future. ...
  • RobertL
    Jul 30, 2019
    A timely & exciting read. Being interested in Polar Explorers; Gertner does a great job bringing the Greenland Explorations to life! Having done chemical analysis / carbon dating the description of the Ice Core Analysis and Climate Change was brilliant. A key take away was t...
  • Monika Landy-Gyebnar
    Sep 01, 2019
    An absolute amazing story of Greenland's ice science beginning with the early heroic explorers and finishing with the latest scientific results. The book helps to understand how serious the problem is, how huge effect it holds to our whole society, even for those who might be sceptic. ...
  • Ron Madsen
    Sep 19, 2019
    Fascinating account of evidences of climate change in the ice of Greenland. Somewhat disjointed in the first part--the history of early explorations. I felt that there should have been more emphasis on what all this should mean to the current political agendas world-wide. ...
  • Lisa
    Jun 26, 2019
    This was a great book. The first half follows the early explorers of Greenland. The author provides vivid detail and conveys their hardship in a way that makes you really see them out on the ice without a tree or another human being for hundreds (thousands?) of miles. The second half d...
  • Gary Detrick
    Sep 13, 2019
    A very interesting history and thought provoking book. Well written and researched. Much of mankind is not very "kind" when it comes to regarding these wonders of our Earth. Whether it be the Arctic, Antarctic, our Oceans, Seas, Forests and Land. Let's wake up! ...
  • Cheryl Campbell
    Sep 04, 2019
    A mesmerizing book about the many expeditions to explore the ice of Greenland. Mr. Gertner did an excellent job of bringing these explorers to life and describing the hardships of the expeditions. As the book progressed it shifted from the adventurers to the work of the scientists anal...
  • Jquick99
    Jul 23, 2019
    This book topic is high in my interest range. However, I found it extremely dull. DNF. I would love for a Robert Caro or Stephen Ambrose type of author to have written this ...someone who can tell a story, rather than write a textbook. ...