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The Big Thaw

The Big Thaw: Ancient Carbon, Modern Science, and a Race to Save the World (Braided River/Mountaineers Books, October 2019)

Wrtten by Eric Scigliano, with R. M. Holmes, Sue Natali, John Schade, and Theodore Roosevelt IV.

Permafrost--dark, ice-flaked, permanently frozen ground that lies under tundra and boreal forests across our northern regions--covers more than 12 percent of the earth’s land mass. It exists in places that seem otherworldly and unimaginably remote to most of us, but the changes taking place in the permafrost layer may ultimately affect the lives of every person on Earth. In The Big Thaw, readers meet a diverse team of scientists and students who have been studying the permafrost and what lies beneath: a vast store of ancient carbon, more than four times the quantity found in all of today’s forests, a ticking “carbon bomb” releasing carbon dioxide and methane as the permafrost thaws. The release of so much carbon would alter Earth’s climate forever. Braving endless hordes of mosquitoes, quicksand, and extreme temperatures, the researchers are racing against the clock to educate us all about the changes we must make in order to preserve Earth’s carbon balance.

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Science on Ice

Science on Ice: Four Polar Expeditions by Chris Linder (University of Chicago Press, 2011)

An oceanographer and award-winning photographer, Linder chronicles four polar expeditions in this richly illustrated volume: to a teeming colony of Adélie penguins, through the icy waters of the Bering Sea in spring, beneath the pack ice of the eastern Arctic Ocean, and over the lake-studded surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Each trip finds Linder teamed up with a prominent science journalist, and together their words and pictures reveal the day-to-day details of how science actually gets done at the poles.


The Photographer's Guide to Cape Cod and the Islands: Where to Find the Perfect Shots and How to Take Them by Chris Linder (Countryman Press, 2007)

Lively fishing harbors and postcard-perfect villages draw photographers from all over the world to Cape Cod and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Whether you're hoping to capture waves pounding an Atlantic beach or a clammer digging for dinner, this book will tell you where to go, when to be there, and how to get the shot.

Detailed descriptions and maps will guide you to the Cape and Islands' prime photography locations—both iconic landmarks and off-the-beaten-track hotspots. Seasonal recommendations and professional tips tailored to each location will help you make the most of any shoot. Written by a photographer for photographers, this guide is a must for anyone hoping to bring home great images from the Cape and Islands.