When I visit schools and libraries to speak about Bodies from the Ice, I give a PowerPoint presentation that includes many rare glacier images discovered during my research.
My presentation introduces students to the subject of glaciers: how they are formed, how they move, and where they are found.
I discuss what people thought of glaciers long ago, in the days before science, and how, more recently, scientists have studied glaciers. I explain why scientists are concerned about the melting of glaciers now. I show comparison photos of glaciers (then and now) to clarify how much they have melted in recent years.
A presentation about glaciers at Charlotte Country Day School (North Carolina)
I explain the archaeology of melting glaciers: how glaciers were explored like long-lost continents and how people who died while crossing or climbing glaciers have been discovered at the melting edge of glaciers now that they are thawing. I discuss what scientists have found out about these discoveries by studying their remains and the artifacts that accompanied them. In particular, I emphasize Ötzi the Iceman, showing how he was discovered and what fascinating objects and clothing were found with him. I trace how scientists eventually uncovered the cause of his death.
Finally, I discuss the problems that may be caused by the melting of glaciers (lack of drinking water and possible rise in the sea level). My PowerPoint includes many rare images that I located when researching Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past.
Speaking about glaciers at the International School of Geneva (Switzerland)
To arrange a school visit, please contact James M. Deem.