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Main Title The future of ice : a journey into cold /
Author Ehrlich, Gretel,
Publisher Vintage Books,
Year Published 2005
OCLC Number 62297089
ISBN 1400034353; 9781400034352
Subjects Cold regions--Description and travel. ; Cold--Psychological aspects. ; Weather--Psychological aspects.
Additional Subjects Ehrlich, Gretel--Travel--Cold regions.
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EKBM  G465.E46 2005 Research Triangle Park Library/RTP, NC 02/11/2014 STATUS
Edition 1st Vintage Books ed., November 2005.
Collation xv, 200 pages ; 20 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 196-197).
Contents Notes
A winter solstice blizzard -- Winter in summer -- The white day -- The unfastened: on the Spanish River -- How memory ends and begins -- A thousand-mile sailing trip to Spitsbergen -- On cold cliff. This book is written out of Gretel Ehrlich's love for winter-for remote and cold places, and the ways in which winter frees our imagination and invigorates our feet, mind, and soul-and out of the fear that our "democracy of gratification" has irreparably altered the climate. In The Future of Ice, Ehrlich travels to extreme points-from Tierra del Fuego in the south to Spitsbergen, east of Greenland, at the very top of the world-in her quest to understand the complex, primal nature of cold. Over the course of a year, Ehrlich and her cold-loving canine companion experience firsthand the myriad expressions of cold, and she gives us marvelous histories of wind, water, snow, and ice, of ocean currents and weather cycles. Ehrlich explores how our very awareness, our consciousness, is animated and enlivened by the archaic rhythms and erupting oscillations of weather. As she writes, "Weather streamed into my nose, mouth, eyes, and ears and circulated inside my brain. A gust can shove one impulse into another; a blizzard erases a line of action; a sandstorm permeates inspiration; rain is a form of sleep. Lightning makes scratch marks on brains; hail gouges out a nesting place, melts, and waters the seed of an idea that can germinate into idiocy, a joke, or genius." We share Ehrlich's experience of the thrills of cold and also her questions: What will happen to us if we are "deseasoned"? If winter ends, will we survive? -- from back cover.