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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Point; Slp edition (March 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426204019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426204012
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 7.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,096,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Using both time-lapse and conventional photography as well as digital video, the Extreme Ice Survey is the most extensive visual study ever conducted to illustrate the catastrophic melting of glacial ice. The result is a dramatic and timely demonstration of global warming’s dangerous consequences from Alaska to Iceland to the Alps. Serviced via foot, horseback, dogsled, skis, fishing boats, and helicopters at 15 sites in the Northern Hemisphere and programmed to shoot once an hour, every hour of daylight, each of the 26 cameras captures approximately 4,000 images per year. This stunning collection of photographs will form a companion exhibition traveling to museums all over the world as part of an urgent outreach campaign aimed at educating the public about global warming and providing irrefutable scientific evidence of how rapidly our planet’s climate is changing.

Launched in the fall of 2006 and scheduled to continue until late summer of 2009, the remarkable Extreme Ice Survey archive will ultimately total more than 300,000 photographs--a treasure trove of data for researchers and a portrait of nature as arresting and unforgettable as it is ominous.

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James Balog has been an award-winning nature photographer for more than 25 years. His work has been exhibited in over 100 museums and galleries around the world.

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Read this book and pass it on to a friend.
Sarah B. Warren, PhD
Stunning full-page color photos in a fine small book with slipcase makes EXTREME ICE NOW a fine pick for any collection strong in changing nature in the world.
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Many of these hundreds of thousands of photographs become the time-lapse films in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival's award-winning film Chasing Ice.
Mary Whipple

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Frederick S. Goethel VINE VOICE on September 18, 2009
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This book, with its photographic evidence of climate change had the potential to be a fantastic learning tool for the average reader. That potential was lost in a number of ways, including weak text and a size that didn't allow all of the detail of the photographs to show through.

The photography that is present in the book is superb, but at times it is difficult to see what the author is trying to show due to the small frame size of the photos. Making the book a larger size would have provided a remedy to this problem. In addition, the writing is weak and either should have been reduced, or the photographer should have been paired with a better and more knowledgeable writer.

A good look at what is happening in the Polar Regions, but I am not sure it is worth the price charged. I would tend to view it in a library setting first to see if it meets expectations.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lars on April 5, 2009
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James Balog has taken many astonishing photos as he has documented changes in ice around the world, some of which are in this book. The book, however, is rather small and most photos span two pages which means they have a seam down the middle. I do not think this does the photos justice, I would have liked to have seen a bigger book and no distracting seam in the photos. Also, I feel like some of the more unique photos he has taken are not in the book, such as the meltwater rivers/waterfalls on the Greenland Ice Sheet (there are some included but they have writing over top of them). If you are fascinated by ice, though, you should check this out, along with his PBS special.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah B. Warren, PhD on April 17, 2009
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Extreme Ice Now is gorgeous, powerful and compelling. Because it is visual and beautiful, it draws people into the story of the climate crisis. As a psychologist and catalyst on climate change, I believe that it has the potential to reach people who are daunted by data and words.

Many books are being written about climate change, many of them very good, but most of them are dense and speak to those who are already persuaded. I think Extreme Ice Now is such an important contribution to the this arena that I am using it as an incentive during the membership drive for the Spheres of Influence Salon on Climate Change.

Read this book and pass it on to a friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel B. Friedlander on November 2, 2009
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Jim Balog's book is a must see (and read). He takes the abstraction of global warming and shows its impact visually. By illustrating the disappearance of arctic ice he is alerting us to the reality that will creep south to our backyard in the coming decades.
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"First, the ice shows that when the atmosphere contains more carbon, temperatures rise; when it contains less, the temperature cools off. Second, when the climate reaches a tipping point, it can flip-flop from dramatically colder to dramatically warmer regimes in as little as 1 to 3 years. Third, natural processes have made atmospheric carbon dioxide fluctuate between 180 and 285 parts per million by volume (ppmv) from 800,000 years ago to 250 years ago. In all that time, it has NEVER been above 285 ppmv...Today, the global average is 385ppmv. In many urban areas the carbon dioxide level hovers near 500 ppmv...This information changed me from being a climate change sceptic to a climate change believer."

The above is what you'll find in this interesting, slim book by James Balog. Balog is a nature & science photographer and author.

This book consists of two intermeshed parts:

(1) color photographs of ice in the form of icebergs, glaciers, etc., all photographed by Balog. There is a brief explanation given for each photo.

(2) text in the form of brief essays.

The photographs are in a word--stunning. Balog travels all over the world (like to Switzerland, Greenland, Alaska) for his spectacular photographs. On some of these photos, Balog indicates on the photo itself what he wants you to see. Unfortunately, for a few photos I had a difficult time seeing exactly what Balog wanted me to see. (I found this frustrating.)

I found the text, contrary to what other reviewers say, very informative. It is succinct and does not bog down the viewer with excessive detail.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mwoel777 on February 6, 2013
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Nice book, really great presentation in the hard cover folder package which was not stated, to my recollection, in the item description. Great price too. Would be a very good gift. The only problem is the the big bar code sticker is on the FRONT of the pretty picture cover and totally ruins it. I cannot get it off. I purchased the big Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers coffee table book which is also very nice to look at but is huge. This book is better unless you as fascinated by ice and can spend hours looking at the pictures as long as you can get one without the sticker onthe front. I bet that is why it was under $10.00!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zapper on November 8, 2009
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First of all, this is a good book and definitely worth buying. Apart from the science involved, many of the photos are quite beautiful. It is surprising that this man's project does not get even more attention than it does. Balog is providing definitive and comprehensive scientific evidence of glacial retreat and should be required reading for every consumer and voter. The book itself is quite short and is small in size, and provides just a little sample of what was shown in the PBS television showing or available on the [...] website. Not ordinarily a fan of coffee table type books, I would have preferred a larger, thicker publication that would show the photos to greater effect, accompanied by more scientific explanation of the regional time sequence photography. The survey group should consider a second edition when they have another few years of data.
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