Richard Sale. Per Michelsen & Richard Sale, photos.
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The Arctic has become a focus of the world's attention as a bellwether of the effects of climate change. In a book almost as large as its vast subject, glaciologist Richard Sale here presents the culmination of a lifetime's work studying this region, 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.
"The illustrations undoubtedly represent one of the book's greatest strengths. 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."—Arctic