The Secrets of the Polar Regions: Life on Icebergs and Glaciers at the Poles and Around the World

The Secrets of the Polar Regions: Life on Icebergs and Glaciers at the Poles and Around the World

by Barbara Wilson
     
 

The Secrets of the Polar Regions — a new edition in the Jean-Michel Cousteau Presents series (formerly titled Glaciers: Life at the Frozen Edge ) — presents timely information on the South and North Poles. The book clearly explains the geology of glacier and iceberg ecosystems of these remote but crucially important realms and

Overview

The Secrets of the Polar Regions — a new edition in the Jean-Michel Cousteau Presents series (formerly titled Glaciers: Life at the Frozen Edge ) — presents timely information on the South and North Poles. The book clearly explains the geology of glacier and iceberg ecosystems of these remote but crucially important realms and reveals the fascinating adaptations of the animal and plant life living on or near the ice. Animals profiled include seals, sea lions, walruses, wolves, polar bears, Arctic foxes, musk oxen, yaks, and snow leopards. Even tiny creatures like the fascinating glacier flea that freezes solid every night but awakens to search for pollen the next day are included. Throughout, the book presents an up-to-date discussion on the implications of global warming and icecap melt.

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Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
Bright, sharp nature photos and a special focus on ice-based ecosystems set this survey apart from the usual run of assignment titles on glaciers and the polar regions. Returning continually to the dangerous effects of global warming, the authors describe changes in climate conditions at both poles and explain how those changes affect glaciers and icebergs. Wilson and León go on to introduce threatened or officially endangered life forms that live in those habitats. These range from algae and the glacier flea ("Each night it freezes, hard as a popsicle, to the surface ice until warmer daytime temperatures free it") to polar bears and penguins. With side glances at Mount Kilimanjaro and the Swiss Alps, the photos capture Arctic foxes in both winter and summer coats, penguins and puffins at their most photogenic, glaciers rolling grandly down to sea and luminous views of sunlit icebergs and a glacial ice cave. Bulleted facts at the end reinforce the message; leads to eco-activist organizations provide readers motivated by it with means to get involved. An updated and more melodramatically titled version of a 1994 title, it sounds warnings that have grown all the more immediate. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780979975905
Publisher:
London Town Press
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Series:
Jean-Michel Cousteau Presents Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
1100L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

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