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 the North Pole, and later coming to realize that it contained essential information about our climate Locked within this vast and frozen white desert are some of the most profound secrets about our planet and its future Greenland s ice doesn t just tell us where we ve been More urgently, it tells us where we re headed.In The Ice at the End of the World,Jon Gertner explains how Greenland has evolved from one of earth s last frontiers to its largest scientific laboratory The history of Greenland s ice begins with the explorers who arrived here at the turn of the twentieth century first on foot, then on skis, then on crude, motorized sleds and embarked on grueling expeditions that took as long as a year and often ended in frostbitten tragedy Their original goal was simple to conquer Greenland s seemingly infinite interior Yet their efforts eventually gave way to scientists who built lonely encampments out on the ice and began drilling one mile, two miles down Their aim was to pull up ice cores that could reveal the deepest mysteries of earth s past, going back hundreds of thousands of years.Today, scientists from all over the world are deploying every technological tool available to uncover the secrets of this frozen island before it s too late As Greenland s ice melts and runs off into the sea, it not only threatens to affect hundreds of millions of people who live in coastal areas It will also have drastic effects on ocean currents, weather systems, economies, and migration patterns.Gertner chronicles the unfathomable hardships, amazing discoveries, and scientific achievements of the Arctic s explorers and researchers with a transporting, deeply intelligent style and a keen sense of what this work means for the rest of us The melting ice sheet in Greenland is, in a way, an analog for time It contains the past It reflects the present It can also tell us how much time we might have left. Best Read The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey Into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous Future author Jon Gertner For Kindle ePUB or eBook – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

From his website I m a book author and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, and I tend to describe myself as both a journalist and historian In addition to the Sunday Magazine, my writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Wired, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Technology Review and Fast Company Usually I write about science, nature, technology, and business But oftentimes my articles explore the intersections between all those areas At least to me, that s where the most interesting things happen My first book, The Idea Factory Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation, was published by Penguin Press in 2012 The Ice at the End of the World, my new book, is being published by Random House and chronicles 150 years of exploration and investigation on the Greenland ice sheet The book was conceived as a story about ice and the process of scientific discovery it aims to explain how the work in Greenland, aided by an evolving array of technological tools, has led us to a profound understanding of our current climate crisis In truth, I like to think the book might bethan that The story of Greenland s ice sheet the world s largest laboratory includes hair raising tales of adventure and frostbite a cast of characters who suffered misery on an almost unimaginable level and a number of scientists who perceived in the ice a method to decipher clues to the ancient and future earth It s a human saga, in other words, as well as an epic of nature.I live in New Jersey with my wife and kids I m a lifelong New Jersey native, in fact my father was a medical school professor and my mother taught first grade and I grew up in the town of Berkeley Heights, not far from where I live now To readof my magazine journalism you can go to

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  • Hardcover
  • 418 pages
  • The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey Into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous Future
  • Jon Gertner
  • English
  • 09 August 2019
  • 0812996623

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

  1. says:

    3.5 Impeccably presented and in an interesting manner, the author begins with a lost colony on Greenland, and the early explorers who wanted to cross the frozen middle of Greenland Hazardous, so many deaths, attempts, but eventually much was discovered Scientific exploration was accomplished at this time as well Even early on it was determined that if Greenland s ice melted, the sea levels would rise by 25 ft Amazingly given the primitive tools of the time, it would later be determined he 3.5 Impeccably presented and in an interesting manner, the author begins with a lost colony on Greenland, and the early explorers who wanted to cross the frozen middle of Greenland Hazardous, so many deaths, attempts, but eventually much was discovered Scientific exploration was accomplished at this time as well Even early on it was determined that if Greenland s ice melted, the sea levels would rise by 25 ft Amazingly given the primitive tools of the time, it would later be determined...

  2. says:

    A Microcosm of Glaciology And The Politics That PayThe 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 about I have read a large number of books written by and about polar explorers and expeditions But, I have not yet found good books on what is happening in those research stations and in the field of glaciology In the A Microcosm of Glaciology And The Politics That PayThe 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 about I have read a large number of books written by and about polar explorers and expeditions But, I have not yet found good books...

  3. says:

    This is a fascinating book that covers the long history of the exploration of and research on Greenland s ice It starts with early explorations of the area What crazy adventures I cannot imagine anything worse that trekking across all that ice This section definitely reminds me of Endurance Shackleton s Incredible Voyage Then the book turns to early research on glacial layers and historical temperature changes Like the early expeditions into the area, the scientists were really charting This is a fascinating book that covers the long history of the exploration of and research on Greenland s ice It starts with early explorations of the area What crazy adventures I cannot imagine anything worse that trekking across all that ice This section definitely reminds me of Endurance Shackleton s Incredible Voyage Then the book turns to early research on glacial layers and historical temperature changes Like the early expeditions into the area, the scientists were really charting unknown territory The work was also brutally difficult The were sacrificing comfort and time from home, in addition to risking their careers.It was clear how technological advances, sometimes influenced by the military, had an impact on the exploration and research ...

  4. says:

    This is a survey of the scientific exploration and research of Greenland s glaciers over the past century and a half Through courageous explorers and dedicated scientists, this research has helped humans understand how polar ice impacts global meteorology and geology As the survey moves to the pres...

  5. says:

    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 decades and is human caused The arena he selected for his tale is Greenland, the world s larg...

  6. says:

    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 is an American writer, the author of The Idea Factory Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation 2012 , which I have not yet read, and a longtime contributor to the New York Times Magazine.The book first 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 is an American writer, the author of The Idea Factory Bell Labs and the Great Age o...

  7. says:

    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 readingabout the Viking settlements there, I wanted to read about another tribe the explorers and scientists who willingly endured months of supremely hostile...

  8. says:

    100 years of exploring the ice covering the top of the world Gives a great look at how glaciology has advanced thanks to the studies done in Greenladn in part because of the Cold War Also provides some context for people trying to underst...

  9. says:

    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 o...

  10. says:

    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 me, but does show our strong desire to explore our world and challenge ourselves Also this provides a sharp contrast to how much the climate and conditions have changed over 200 years.The information from 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 t...

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