Permafrost

A Guide to the Frozen Ground in Transition

by Neil Davis

Hardcover Price $39.95

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"[A] fascinating and instructive resource."
—Polar Record

"Deserves to be on the library shelf of anyone interested in the topic."
—Journal of Glaciology

"Overall, this is an outstanding introductory book on seasonally frozen ground and permafrost for a broad audience. It is also an excellent reference book for students, permafrost scientists and engineers, and professionals in earth and environmental sciences. It provides a valuable orientation to motivate students who are contemplating careers in permafrost studies. It also appeals to social scientists and environmentalists studying northern regions and the effects of permafrost on society as a whole. Furthermore, this volume is well printed and illustrated."
—Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research

 

Neil Davis brings his unusual talent for communicating scientific concepts in an engaging and readable style to the topic of permafrost, the process of annual freezing and thawing that covers half of the land in the northern hemisphere. The consequences of the soil's fluctuating state affects everything from the stability of road surfaces to wildlife and human habitats, yet this critically important process is rarely discussed in language accessible to range of people it affects. Intended for a broad audience, Davis' prose will entertain everyone from scientists and engineers to students and interested northern residents: it belongs in the library of anyone with more than a passing interest in the colder regions of the world.

Neil Davis is emeritus professor of geophysics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Auroral studies using rocket, photographic, and television techniques have been the main thrust of his scientific career at the University and with NASA, but he has worked in other fields as well, including seismology and radio communications. In 1976 he began a regular newspaper column illuminating aspects of science for the general public. Collected, Dr. Davis's column became the book Alaska Science Nuggets, and other nonfiction books intended for the general public followed: Energy Alaska, The Aurora Watcher's Handbook, The College Hill Chronicles, and now this book, Permafrost. Davis is also the author of two works of fiction.

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  • Hardcover Price: $39.95
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-889963-19-8
  • Publication Month: June
  • Publication Year: 2001
  • Pages: 368
  • Discount Type: Trade
  • Author: by Neil Davis
  • ECommerce Code: 9781889963198

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