The White Planet

The White Planet

The Evolution and Future of Our Frozen World

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Chronicles the exciting scientific expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic areas that shed light on global warming and climate change.

Princeton University Press

From the Arctic Ocean and ice sheets of Greenland, to the glaciers of the Andes and Himalayas, to the great frozen desert of Antarctica, The White Planet takes readers on a spellbinding scientific journey through the shrinking world of ice and snow to tell the story of the expeditions and discoveries that have transformed our understanding of global climate. Written by three internationally renowned scientists at the center of many breakthroughs in ice core and climate science, this book provides an unparalleled firsthand account of how the "white planet" affects global climate--and how, in turn, global warming is changing the frozen world.

Jean Jouzel, Claude Lorius, and Dominique Raynaud chronicle the daunting scientific, technical, and human hurdles that they and other scientists have had to overcome in order to unravel the mysteries of past and present climate change, as revealed by the cryosphere--the dynamic frozen regions of our planet. Scientifically impeccable, up-to-date, and accessible, The White Planet brings cutting-edge climate research to general readers through a vivid narrative. This is an essential book for anyone who wants to understand the inextricable link between climate and our planet's icy regions.

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Highly regarded scientists Jouzel, Lorius, and Raynaud provide a detailed account of the world's frozen regions, such as the Arctic Ocean, the Andes, the Himalayas, and the Greenland ice sheets. Essentially, the authors describe how those regions affect global climate and how global warming is shrinking them. It is in a way a history of exploration and discovery as scientists came to learn more and more about those regions. It also presents the most current research on climate research and what is being learned from it. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2013
Description: xv, 306 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780691144993
Branch Call Number: 551.31 Jou
Additional Contributors: Raynaud, Dominique.
Lorius, Claude.


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Mar 05, 2015

This book has some very interesting information but it was translated by someone with a limited knowledge of English syntax and idioms, so a person has to untangle a huge number of wordy and garbled passages. Worth doing to obtain reliable research results but of dubious value in the latter third of the book, to judge by the section called "The Arguments of Skeptics" which contains little information, only attacks on skeptics.

Mar 21, 2014

I found the subject interesting, but the authors had difficulty communicating their story; poorly written.

phkahn Mar 02, 2013

Excellent book on the polar world and its relation to climate change. The authors are very accomplished French researchers who have conducted important research into the paleoclimate record as revealed by ice cores drilled in Antarctica and Greenland. It also contains an excellent and rational discussion of the risks we face vis-a-vis climate change. The authors are very concerned about the future climate. The discussion is calm and not alarmist, and it is an excellent presentation of the situation that policy makers face.

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