Sea ice covers 20 million km² of our planet’s surface. It plays an important role in
the Earth’s climate and is home to a variety of fascinating fauna, from the polar
bear to the emperor penguin.
Sailors and meteorologists use a wide range of terms such as frazil, pancake ice,
floe or hummock to describe the different features of sea ice.
This book includes an illustrated guide to sea ice so that polar travellers can discover this environment and understand ice charts.
The story of sea ice is also a story of human endeavour. For the Inuit, fast ice is
an ideal terrain for hunting, fishing and travelling. But for European explorers the
drifting ice was an insurmountable barrier for centuries, crushing ships and forcing crews to spend long and difficult winters on the ice. It has also been the scene
of incredible adventures involving planes, submarines, icebreakers and sometimes
even rafts of drifting ice.
But our planet is warming and the oldest polar sea ice is disappearing. The declining sea ice encourages the economic and industrial development of the Arctic,
but also disrupts the climate, societies and fauna of the Far North.
The author is a meteorologist who has wintered in Antarctica, lived in Greenland
and guides several polar expedition cruises each year.
ISBN : 9782-918299-26-4
Parution : 2013
Format : 15 x 21cm