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Louis Agassiz (1807—1873), extraordinary Swiss scientist and professor, conceived of the Ice Age and then spent decades trying to persuade other scientists he had not gone mad. Charles Lyell (1797—1875) was his century’s most influential geologist and a master politician among his fellow scientists. His scientific principles said an Ice Age was impossible, even after his eyes showed him it was real. Elisha Kent Kane (1820—1857), an adventurer trapped for two winters at the top of Greenland, wrote a poetic description of a harsh and frozen landscape. His reports portrayed previously unimaginable great ice and set the stage for the story’s unexpected outcome.
Posted June 14, 2000
This is an interesting and readable book on the theories geologists had about glaciers, the ice age, and how features over much of our planet were influenced. It describes how and why the theories progressed from the 'great flood' of biblical times which was once thought to be an explanation for geologic formations. The book would have been even better for those of us who are not geologists if it had given more information on current ice age theory and more maps, photos and illustrations of the routes, glaciers, etc that these explorers followed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.