Planet Ice


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As ancient ice melts and retreats, our planet is changing—rapidly. Planet Ice documents the beauty and power of ice and its unique role in revealing the condition of our planet. Glaciers and ice fields are critical to the health of our world, and we are making them disappear.

Pairing the striking photography of James Martin with essays by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, polar bear expert Ian Stirling, ice scientist Richard Alley, glaciologist Gino Casassa, and noted writers Gretel Ehrlich, Broughton Coburn, and Nick Jans, Planet Ice examines the characteristics and history of ice and explores human concepts of ice and wilderness. The essays and photographs transport us to far-flung locations around the world, introducing us to people and animals dependent upon ice. We travel to Antarctica, Greenland, Patagonia, Alaska, Mount Everest, the Andes, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Alps, the Rockies, the Cascades, China, Iceland, and beyond. Together, Martin and the authors illuminate the profound connection between ice—a substance at once mutable and forceful—and the well-being of the global community.

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