Ice! Amazing Ice!

Water as a solid — ice — influences our lives, most notably as an air conditioner for our planet. Ice cools our food and makes drinks refreshing in the hot summer. It is a great resource for winter recreation, and writers and photographers find it an inspiration for their works.

Brave New Arctic: The Untold Story of the Melting North by Mark C. Serreze. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2018.

The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption by Dahr Jamail. New York: The New Press, 2019.

Fishing on Ice: A Complete Guide to Gear, Fish and Fun by Noel Vick. Champaign, Illimois.: Human Kinetics, 1999.

Gimaamaa-Akiiminaan Gimiigwechiwendaamin: Thankful for Our Mother Earth: Spearing Through the Ice Activity Booklet by Dylan Jennings. Odanah, Wisconsin.: Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission, [2016].

Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers by James Balog. New York: Rizzoli, 2012.

Ice! The Amazing History of the Ice Business by Laurence Pringle. Honesdale, Penn.: Calkins Creek, 2012.

The Melting World: A Journey Across America’s Vanishing Glaciers by Christopher White. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2014.

One Frozen Lake by Deborah Jo Larson. St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2012. Vanishing Ice: Glaciers, Ice Sheets and Rising Seas by Vivien Gornitz. New York: Columbia University Press, 2019.

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