Two Books on Travels within the New North
I started reading “Ice Walker” in awe. How can this story, whose characteristics are of a female bear, prevent anthropomorphism and thought? Will it be the sound of ice melting and destroying the environment?
I didn’t have to worry. In a few pages I was fascinated by the fascinating exploration of ice and snow, which I see from a virus that is modified in some of the most complex ways in the world. In simple, poetic but accurate words, James Raffan invites us to the land of Nanu – abbreviated Nanurjuk, meaning “bear lover” in Inuktitut – as they hunt for a seal on Hudson Bay in the Arctic in Canada.
Author James Raffan
Simon & Schuster Canada, pages 161, $ 18
The Hidden Life of Ice
Author Marco Tedesco and Alberto Flores d’Arcais
Experimental, 153 pages, $ 19.95
The case begins on the coldest day in February, Nanu is 7 years old and weighs 500 pounds. It is less than -37 degrees Celsius (or minus-35 degrees Fahrenheit) in vast ice caps; This heat, they say, is absorbed by the human body for a few minutes. However, blood flow through Nanu’s arteries and veins remains around -37 degrees Celsius. Not only do her feet change because of the heat, she leaves signs, through her skin disease, to those who might marry her, announcing that Nanu is “healthy and coming in her season.” The drama begins.
The ice “speaks volumes” this time of year, Mr. Raffan tells us, grinding and crushing, being moved by wind and waves. You too can feel the rustling of ice through the amazing feet and hear it with its ears. These powers also help you to hunt animals, but when it comes to searching for seals nothing special smells can be heard.
On the press holes, Nanu exhales, and returns to her hands and waits, sitting quietly. “Then, with a powerful explosion, cold air, and snow, he wakes up and breaks, hitting the new snow and the dormitory dome of the building under the seal of unsuspecting adults.” Soon she is sucking on the mouths of essential oils for food next year, giving birth and raising her babies.
At the end of the hunt, Nanu weighs 700 pounds and should find a safe cage, 45 miles inside. At the end of December, two months after making his own ice on the ground, he stood up in the dark and threw two blind, deaf and toothless children. For the next six months her rich milk helps them grow. As for you, in the meantime, he has not eaten since the time of the hunt, and he will not give her any more food until the three of them are sitting on the ice.
Raffan, a Canadian traveler and author of several books whose ancient books include “Midnight Midnight: Culture and Change in the Invisible Arctic,” traveled north for nearly forty years, learning about wildlife and diversity. He has divided Nanu’s story into nine chapters, each following a portion of his life. With complete confidence, they stimulate Nanu’s reproduction in areas they are well aware of in nature and in memory.
The precursors of survival and motherhood are the amazing phenomena of Nanu’s body — her metabolism during the winter, her milk changes, her regulation as she returns to the water. There is nothing wrong with providing information – in the meantime readers are starting to do better for Nanu. Also there is no Walt Disney bribe. When one of his sons is caught by a group of orca whales, everything becomes clear. But Nanu and the second child still make progress. They will travel together many times before the baby is fully raised and gone.
“If it doesn’t stop, if it doesn’t stop, and the melting of the molten mountains could be a chicken, a tick, a fast-moving chicken in a rapidly changing world,” Raffan writes. Climate change is part of Nanu’s story, because her space is changing faster than she remembers in her genes. There are new threats – oil loss, non-Inuit hunting, increased pollution. As global warming rises, the glaciers that Nanu and her children need to catch fish and seal off, are forced to wait ashore each year. The bears’ relationship with their two-legged neighbors has changed.
If that’s where bears are extinct (there are about 25,000 left in the world today), other human cultures, too. This short book takes on the beauty of the “bear,” as Mr. Raffan calls for the interaction of human life with bears on the ice, as well as the tragic disruptions that climate change will bring to harmony. When I understood Nanu’s plight, I found that his story was interesting, when Raffan persuaded me to have a great relationship with this beautiful animal.
Marco Tedesco is an “ice skater” who, like Mr. Raffan, on the other hand, was fascinated by the beautiful scenery of the north. An Italian-born professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at the University is watching how climate change falls on Greenland’s icy ice. However, “The Hidden Life of Ice” does not take away the stress and frustration of melting water. Tedesco and its co-authors, Alberto Flores d’Arcais, want to give uninformed readers the unique beauty and power of winter landscapes, and show the excitement and importance of scientific research. Their dissertation, translated from Italian by Denise Muir, is reinforced by spectacular images of celestial stone flowers of permanent disease.
Tedesco begins by describing the morning struggle to pull off a few woolen or synthetic garments (“No cotton”!) In a tent that is only 5 meters long, without waking one up. “I crawl on my knees, pull myself up on a waterless mat outside the door, and sit up. . . I’m already tired. ”He sits up in a chair and is ushered in peace and quiet. “The passage of time, as we think or see, has no meaning here.” We are in the geological age. Greenland ice took thousands of years to form. In the middle of colder soils, glaciers can be up to 2 miles high. It slowly diminishes as it reaches the sea, “like a swift stream.”
“Ice’s Hidden Life” follows a team of five researchers for a one-day trip. Tedesco compiles together the daily events, survival challenges, Inuit legends, its story, and its findings. There is a clear description of the experiments that took place, mixed and illustrated with the need to remain free as scientists, as well as the findings and descriptions of Arctic research. This is a solution to the problems in glaciology and the complexities of the Big Data Revolution in conducting scientific research. Readers share cheese sandwiches with explorer soups as we learn about the strange little creatures that live in the coldest of holes, as well as the 3,000 obsolete satellites that fly above us that are just frozen.
It is a long day – and permanent in the region, where in summer the sun does not set. After he and his friends ate dinner and carried some sophisticated scientific equipment, Tedesco was tired but still “wired from what happened that day.” He picks up the pages and sees the title of the book: “Messages From a Missing World.”
Greenland is running out of ice, and much of this is happening increasingly. As the snow melts, the world’s oceans rise, destroying many coastal cities around the world. Tedesco remains fascinated by the phenomenon: “the interdependence of the various natural forces… Is one of the most fascinating things in the world.” But such interactions have serious consequences.
“The Hidden Life of Ice” is a very short book that captivates readers with the beauty of its show and their exploration of the changing world.
-Ms. Gray is the author of 11 non-fiction books, including “Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike.”
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