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From avalanches to glaciers, from seals to snowflakes, and from Shackleton's expedition to "The Year Without Summer," Bill Streever journeys through history, myth, geography, and ecology in a year-long search for cold--real, icy, 40-below cold. In July he finds it while taking a dip in a 35-degree Arctic swimming hole; in September while excavating our planet's ancient and not so ancient ice ages; and in October while exploring hibernation habits in animals, from humans to wood frogs to bears. A scientist whose passion for cold runs red hot, Streever is a wondrous guide: he conjures woolly mammoth carcasses and the ice-age Clovis tribe from melting glaciers, and he evokes blizzards so wild readers may freeze--limb by vicarious limb.
Bill Streever chairs the North Slope Science Initiative's Science Technical Advisory Panel in Alaska and-áserves on many related committees, including-áa climate change advisory panel. A biologist, he lives with his son in Anchorage, where he hikes,-ábikes, camps, scuba dives, and cross country skies, as often as the weather allows.