From Library Journal
Without an understanding of how the climate has fluctuated through time, we have no measure with which to compare current fluctuations. In an attempt to remedy this situation, scientists began drilling an ice core on the Greenland Ice Sheet in 1998. This ice core would then be analyzed to establish a long-term record of the climate and the environment. The Ice Chronicles is the history of that project, as told by its director, Mayewski, along with White (The Overview Effect). They explain how evidence of the climate over the last 100,000 years is held in the ice and how scientists have been using the ice core to decipher it. They also cover the political and scientific climate in which the project was developed, the technical difficulties of drilling an ice core in arctic conditions, and how natural and human-accelerated climate change can be distinguished. Mayewski relates his experiences working in the Arctic and Antarctic and makes the ice core understandable for interested readers. Recommended for academic libraries and for public libraries with a sophisticated clientele interested in global warming and climate change. Betty Galbraith, Owen Science & Engineering Lib., Univ. of Washington, Pullman
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Glaciologist Mayewski directed one of the bigger ice-drilling operations to date, the Greenland Ice Sheet Project Two (GISP2), undertaken in the early 1990s. Although its engineering was impressive, what was truly dramatic about GISP2 was what it revealed about the history of climate over the past 110,000 years. The information is presented in a highly accessible format: the book is packed with photographs of Mayewski's dozen-plus field trips to Greenland and Antarctica and copiously stocked with graphs tracking temperature against the dust, sea salt, and oxygen isotopes, among other elements, fixed in the GISP2 ice cores. Mayewski draws two central conclusions from the data: that climate has dramatically flipped in the past, sometimes in a decade's span, and that human influence is definitely impacting the contemporary climate. He discusses the attention the latter has attracted from international conferences; however, he underscores that changes in climate are not always predictable. The entertaining sidebars of Mayewski's risky adventures in the field will inspire younger readers to think about making his career their own. Gilbert TaylorCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved