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Kingdom of Frost
How the Cryosphere Shapes Life on Earth
By (author): Bjørn Vassnes Translated by: Lucy Moffatt
9781771644549 Hardcover , Printed dust jacket English General/trade Mar 24, 2020
$32.95 CAD
Active 5.6 x 8.8 x 0.9 in | 440 gr 240 pages Greystone Books
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / General

“Blending anthropology and history with science, Vassnes offers an alarming but illuminating narrative.”
Publishers Weekly

An award-winning science journalist explains what Earth’s frozen waters tell us about the past, present, and future of humanity.

“The Kingdom of Frost,” or what scientists call the cryosphere, refers to all of Earth’s frozen waters. Glaciers, ice caps, and fields of Arctic snow—the cryosphere is vital to our survival. It supplies us with water and helps cool cities from Bangladesh to Bangkok, Los Angeles to Oslo.

In this captivating, eye-opening account, esteemed Norwegian writer Bjørn Vassnes interweaves brilliant climate reporting with the fascinating story of Earth’s frozen world. He draws on cultural history and anthropology to tell us how the cryosphere once helped to spark life on Earth—and how it continues to sustain us despite its shrinking size.

And he answers pressing questions such as: What will happen if it all disappears?


  • Vassnes is a leading Norwegian science journalist who grew up among the Sami people in the far north of Norway
  • This is a wide-ranging exploration in the vein of Jared Diamond, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Barry Lopez
  • Vassnes shows readers how the climate "dance" of hot and cold periods, has shaped both the planet and all creatures living on it. But we may be heading toward a "last dance".
  • Clearly identifies why the coldest regions on the planet, and not just the polar ice caps, are so important to sustaining life everywhere, from the United States, to India and Bangladesh.
  • Ice loss is a massive concern due to the current climate crisis, and Vassnes explains how the lives of more than a billion people depend on meltwater from glaciers even if they themselves have never seen ice or snow.
  • Almost half of the Arctic’s old ice loss has occurred in the last 5 years, and 95% of the Arctic’s oldest and thickest ice is already gone
  • Glaciers are rapidly disappearing: for example, in 1910, Glacier National Park had 150 glaciers, but now has only 30

Bjørn Vassnes grew up in the Norwegian Arctic, one of the coldestplaces on earth. He is one of Norway?s leading science journalists, has won national and international writing prizes including the Fritt Ord Honorary Award and the Golden Pen. He has a science column in one of Norway?s top daily newspapers and has written several popular books and produced television programs with scientific and environmental themes.

  • Cross-promotion with climate justice
    groups, environmental organizations, and
    explorers’ societies
  • Reviews, features, and interviews pitched
    to national and international media
  • Online and print advertising
  • Promotion at North American trade shows
  • Promotion by Vassnes on social media and
    in his freelance writing
     

“Blending anthropology and history with science, Vassnes offers an alarming but illuminating narrative.”
Publishers Weekly

“This well researched book not only takes the reader to and through the cryosphere, it also clearly and understandably shows how cold has being a catalyst for the evolution of life on Earth, demonstrating that we and many other species are indeed ‘Children of the Ice.’”
—Robert William Sandford
, United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment & Health and author of Vanishing Glaciers: The Snows of Yesteryear and the Future Climate of the Mountain West.

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