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Ice Island: The Expedition to Antarctica's Largest Iceberg Hardcover – October 7, 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Bunker Hill Publishing (October 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593730179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593730178
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 0.6 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,292,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stone reveals a new world of breathtaking beauty and appalling danger as he studies the changes already affecting our planet" -- Peter Benchley, Author and Marine Conservationist, April,2003

About the Author

Gregory S. Stone, PhD, is Vice President of Global Marine Programs at the New England Aquarium, Chief Scientist of the Bemuda Underwater Exploration Institute, and a Senior Writer for the National Geographic.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I found Ice Island to be a thoroughly enjoyable book. In a clear and straightforward style that will appeal to most types of readers, the author tells the story of his ambitious scientific expedition to Antarctica in 2001 to find and study what satellite images had revealed to be the world's largest iceberg.
The adventure unfolds aboard a small, 118-foot research vessel fully packed with enough equipment for an 18-member expedition team, lots of food and fuel, and one helicopter. Facing extreme conditions and a multitude of risks without a safety net, the expedition travels from Lyttelton, New Zealand and crosses thousands of miles of the world's roughest seas to reach a desolate, rarely visited region of Antarctica. Here, floating in the offshore waters of the Ross Sea, they find the enormous icebergs they had been seeking, and conduct their research into an area that could hold important clues on the impact of modern day global warming. In an extraordinary anomaly these huge icebergs originally began separating from the Ross Ice Shelf in early 2000 as a single piece of ice nearly the size of Texas.
With this scientific journey as the backdrop, the author weaves into the book a surprisingly well-rounded assortment of interesting facts, insights and personal observations concerning both his own experiences during the trip and about Antarctica in general. Subjects discussed range from the regions bird and animal life, marine science, oceanography, natural history, ice diving, and global warming all the way to a short history of Antarctic exploration. Not surprisingly, the author also touches upon the trials and tribulations of living and working for over three months in tight quarters with 18 others - often under harsh, dangerous, and unpredictable conditions.
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