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Water, Ice & Stone: Science and Memory on the Antarctic Lakes

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews

“Nature writing of a very high order . . . a joyride for those who enjoy deep explorations of logic, human frailty and the laws of nature.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“[Bill Green’s] prose rings with the elemental clarity of the ice he knows so well.”—PEN committee citation

A classic of contemporary nature writing, this award-winning account of Antarctica is now availabl

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Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Bellevue Literary Press (first published June 6th 1995)
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Angie
Jun 17, 2015 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The overwhelming image I'm left with after reading this book is that of the sea breathing. Much of the science here is the taking in and giving out of various elements and molecules by water, be it in Antarctic lakes, the ocean, or rivers and the global water bodies in general. Green traces the chemistry of water and where it comes from and where it disappears to. He also paints the picture of the Antarctic he studies, its vastness and stillness and sterility.

The story is mostly science and poe
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Bob Coats
Nov 16, 2009 Bob Coats rated it it was amazing
This is a truly remarkable book. Green captures the excitement of scientific research in a beautiful, remote and challenging environment, in a way that is accessible to both scientists and non-scientists. He weaves together the scientific story with his own personal and family narrative. He has the mind of a scientist and the heart of a poet. The writing ranks with that of Loren Eiseley, Barry Lopez, and Terry Tempest Williams.

Some technical material (periodic table, geologic time line) is inclu
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Doug
Dec 31, 2010 Doug rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I passed up a chance to go to Antarctica for 6 weeks in grad school...and now I regret that decision even more. If I could give this book 3.5 stars I would...more nature writing than science, this is a descriptive account of a geochemist (yay!) working in Antarctica puzzling through some unusual lake chemistry. Yeah, I know, sounds thrilling...but the descriptions of the scientific process, the disappointments, the challenges of piecing together a complicated experiment in a forbidding landscape ...more
Eamon McCarthy Earls
One of the best pieces of science writing that I've seen to date. I first perused Green's book around 2009, but I didn't return to read it until a few years later. I credit Green's brilliant blend of science, art, and personal philosophy--at least in part--for my decision to study geology in college.
Bill Wells
Mar 12, 2013 Bill Wells rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a book I have read numerous times since I first got it a few years ago. There is an almost lyrical quality to some of the descriptions of Antarctica. Bill Green gives the reader a different look at the southern pole while discussing some very interesting science.
Mr. Mullins
Jun 02, 2012 Mr. Mullins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read for one that appreciates naturalist and scientific writing combined. I am biased on this as he was one of college teachers way back in the day. But he has poetic prose and captures the insight of scientific questions, obstacles and beauty in such an unforgiving location.
Ladiibbug
Feb 26, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nature / Science Lovers
Non-fiction - Library Book

2008 ed. of a 1995 non-fiction book. Bill Green is a field scientist who travelled to Antarctica to do research. Much more than a straight "science" book, this is part travelog, part science journal, and part philosophical musings of the wonders of nature.
Wanda
Nov 08, 2009 Wanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
eloquent and riveting so far....
Adela Dziekanowski
Jan 17, 2013 Adela Dziekanowski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is one of my favorite books. I buy it as a gift for people who I think will appreciate it as much as I did. It is a true story, but it reads like a well-written novel. It touched my soul.
Emily
Jul 13, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best science nerd book... Taking a while
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Bill Green is a geochemist and professor emeritus at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Green first traveled to Antarctica in 1968 and began doing his own research there in 1980. To date (2011) he has been there nine times and has published many articles on the biogeochemical processes in the pristine lakes and meltwater streams of the McMurdo Dry Valleys.
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