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    Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places (Little, Brown and Company) (Hardback) By (author) Bill Streever

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    DescriptionFrom avalanches to glaciers and seals to snowflakes, from igloos to icebergs, permafrost to hoarfrost, chilblains to frostbite, Bill Streever unearths the consistent, ongoing influence of cold on the planet. Evoking history, myth, geography and ecology, Streever's quest for icy, forty-below cold gains purchase in July, while he's taking a dip in an Arctic swimming hole; in September, while excavating our planet's ice ages; and in October, while exploring animals' hibernation habits, from humans to wood frogs to bears. In March he even does his best to escape it, bundling up in layers of polyester, spandex and Primaloft fill to face thermometers reading twenty-three below. Streever visits an underground Cold War-era tunnel, where preserved remains mingle with new-fangled machinery and gear; weighs in on the scientific quest to reach absolute zero (-459 F); and describes how refrigeration evolved from worldwide ice shipping to the chemical coolants we know today.

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    Adventures in the World's Frozen Places
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bill Streever
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 514 g
    ISBN 13: 9780316042918
    ISBN 10: 0316042919

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 800
    B&T Merchandise Category: TVL
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    Libri: ENGM4500
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A19242000, A58600000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI020000, SCI080000, TRV020000
    DC22: 910.911
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: A4
    LC classification: G608 .S69 2009
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: FORS4560, POLA2600
    Thema V1.0: PDZ
    Illustrations note
    Integrated: 20, b/w photos
    Little, Brown & Company
    Imprint name
    Little, Brown & Company
    Publication date
    03 September 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Bill Streever chairs the North Slope Science Initiative's Science Technical Advisory Panel in Alaska and serves on many related committees, including a climate change advisory panel. A biologist, he lives with his son in Anchorage, where he hikes, bikes, camps, scuba dives and cross country skies, as often as the weather allows.
    Review quote
    A poetic, anecdotal narrative complete with polar expeditions, Ice Age mysteries, igloos, permafrost, and hailstorms...A wonderful collection of one man's first-rate observations and commentary about the history and importance of cold to the earth and its occupants. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 'Mr Streever writes with passion and fills his book with entertaining facts' - ECONOMIST 'He sculptures lucid explanations and fires them with fine writing'- NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW 'Mr Streever's prose does what E L Doctorow says good writing is supposed to do, which is to evoke sensation in the reader The New York TIMES