In this "remarkable publication covering all things polar" (Nature), glaciologist Richard Sale presents a book on the Arctic almost as large as its vast subject, gorgeously illustrated with 500 color photographs (up to 18 x 12 inches). Here are the movements of glaciers and the adaptations of long-tailed skuas (one of which is seen perched on a photographer's head), tales of polar explorers and pictures of polar bears plunging through the ice to catch seals, the dynamics of permafrost and the unmistakable signs of climate change in the region.
"This book represents an extremely ambitious endeavor, namely the production of what is effectively a single-volume encyclopedia on the circumpolar Arctic. One has to admire the author's chutzpah in even attempting such a task.... It is profusely illustrated with superb photographs taken either by the author or by Per Michelsen. Very few coffee table books on the Arctic can match this volume in terms of the quality of the photography.... The strength of the text undoubtedly lies in its treatment of birds and mammals.... This volume would be a useful addition to any library, especially school libraries, and to the home library of any family with an interest in Arctic wildlife."—Arctic