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A Field Guide to Ice

Field / Identification Guide
By: James HC Fenton(Author)
138 pages, 244 colour photos
A Field Guide to Ice
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  • A Field Guide to Ice ISBN: 9781838419332 Edition: 3 Paperback Jan 2023 In stock
Price: £14.99
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This book is an introduction to polar and other glacial landscapes. It shows the difference between ice sheets, ice caps and glaciers, illustrates the different types of sea ice, and introduces many other kinds of ice and snow. It includes many periglacial features, i.e. those occurring in cold but ice-free areas, and also provides an introduction to the landscapes left behind once the ice has retreated (postglacial features).

The polar regions are warming at a greater rate than most other parts of the planet – which has major long-term implications for the climate. This book, in helping people understand the characteristics of such ice-dominated landscapes, is therefore essential reading for those interested in climate change.

It is also an essential guide to those travelling to high latitudes, whether visiting as a tourist or researcher – or from the comfort of an armchair.


1a. Frozen Sea
1b. Floating Glacier Ice

2a. Glacier Types
2b. Glacial Features

3a. Snow
3b. Other ice

4a. Periglacial
4b. Postglacial

Customer Reviews


James Fenton is a naturalist based in Scotland who has always had a fascination for snow and ice. His first job was as a scientist with the British Antarctic Survey. He has led ski expeditions to Svalbard in the Arctic and lectured on many polar cruises.

Field / Identification Guide
By: James HC Fenton(Author)
138 pages, 244 colour photos
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"There is a great value to polar travellers in carrying this booklet with them, and it makes for a good little gift to a student or friend travelling to the Arctic and Antarctic regions."
Arctic, Antarctic & Alpine Research, review of first Edition (2009)

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