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."..the book gives a refreshingly clear picture of the science of studying climate change and of the curious, dedicated scientists in action." -- "Publishers Weekly"

"This book teaches us a lot about how to do science and how to investigate difficult problems about the causes of environmental change. It shows that abrupt climate changes really have happened and puts forward likely mechanisms. It tells us a great deal about the wonders of Greenland and how important the country is as a window on to the recent glaciations. And it makes the whole idea of sudden, grave climate shocks arising from greenhouse emissions seem terribly plausible, even if it does not predict any particular shocks. It is not a story about lands' end, but it is a very fine tribute to [Gary] Comer." -- "Times Higher Education"

"Scientists and non-scientists from all walks of life will find this an eloquent and timely read." -- Rick Docksai, "The Futurist"

"[A] gripping rationale for their simple plea -- 'Pay attention to Greenland.'" -- Bud Ward, "The Yale Forum"

..".the book gives a refreshingly clear picture of the science of studying climate change and of the curious, dedicated scientists in action." -- "Publishers Weekly"

Scientists and non-scientists from all walks of life will find this an eloquent and timely read.--Rick Docksai ""The Futurist" "

[A] gripping rationale for their simple plea -- 'Pay attention to Greenland.'--Bud Ward ""The Yale Forum" "

Scientists and non-scientists from all walks of life will find this an eloquent and timely read.

--Rick Docksai "The Futurist "

[A] gripping rationale for their simple plea -- 'Pay attention to Greenland.'

--Bud Ward "The Yale Forum "

About the Author

George Denton, a geologist, is Professor of Geological Sciences and Quaternary Studies at the University of Maine.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Is Greenland Global Climate Change's Canary in the Coal Mine? 12 Jun. 2011
By Frederick S. Goethel - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading this book, I have a better understanding of how they are researching climate change and how ice core data can be used to back trace how the climate once was. Ice coring sounds like a fairly simple procedure, but in reality, extracting data from it is a long and cumbersome process that requires much knowledge and technical skill. In the end, however, it answers questions about where our climate has been, and what factors were in play in the world in various stages.

Far from simply discussing ice coring, the book also details geological changes that have been found in Greenland and how they tie in with other climate data. Overall, this book presents the steps that have been taken in Greenland to unravel the mystery of climate change. Greenland is, in many ways, the canary in the coal mine and data extracted there is very useful in determining where we are most likely headed.

The book presents a scenario that is not rosy, but is also not disastrous either. Instead, it presents what the best scientific thinking of today is about how change is occurring. It is written in language that a lay person can understand, however it is not easy reading. In the end, all of the authors are PhDs and their writing does reflect that.

I would be remiss if I did not point out the spectacular photography present throughout the book. All in color, there are very spectacular photos of glaciers, ice and numerous geological features.

This is a great book for catching up on the latest in research and for a non-alarmist point of view. Just expect to spend a little time going over some areas several times if you are not up on geology. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fate of Greenland, how a distant land affects all of us. 31 May 2011
By Old Rocks - Published on Amazon.com
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This book puts many years of scientific research concerning the linkage of Greenland and the Arctic into intelligent layman's terms. It explains how and by whom the data was gathered, and explains the proxy methods when they are used.

Much of the information that they present is quite recent. I consider myself quite familiar with this subject, but there were quite a number of investigations that I was unaware of, with data very relevant to the subject.

If you are looking for reassurance that global warmng is not serious, this is not the book for you. While assidously avoiding alarmist type of writing, they data that is presented does not bode well for us.

Well worth the money, whether you are a professional or an interested citizen.
5.0 out of 5 stars Super read and coffee table book 30 Jun. 2013
By Betty T. - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for my brother who was stationed in Greenland quite a few years ago. He was most interested to see the changes that have taken place over the years, and saddened by them. Since he is also a hydrologist, he was very interested in the science findings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book might convince me about global warming 26 Dec. 2012
By Anthony J. Dzik - Published on Amazon.com
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As a professional geographer I have been skeptical about man-induced climate change. Yhis book, however, presents material in a manner that has made me reconsider. The book is well-written, and while it contains some very technical material, it presents fact and theory in terms that can be understood by the well-read layperson. The photographs are stunning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a necessary read for those interested in climate change 27 Aug. 2011
By Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a necessary read for those interested in climate science. It describes the alteration of the oceanic links that are occuring with the melting of the Greenland glacier that are a frightening cause great concern.
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