Bodies from the Ice

Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past





Bodies from the Ice tells the story of Earth's melting alpine glaciers and the recent archaeological discoveries made there.

In 1991 a husband and wife climbing a mountain in northern Italy stumbled across what appeared to be trash left by careless hikers. On closer inspection they realized that it was a human corpse lying near the surface of a melting alpine glacier. Ultimately, scientific study revealed that the man had lived 5,300 years earlier. Now known as Ötzi, he is one of the most important archaeological discoveries ever made.

All around the world, from South America’s Andes Mountains to the European Alps to Asia’s Himalayas, glaciers are rapidly melting. Their disappearing ice uncovers not only the rocky terrain that has lain beneath for thousands of years, but also the long-hidden bodies of people who died in the glaciers. They may have been hunters, soldiers, shepherds, mountain climbers, dairymaids, or unfortunate travelers, and sometimes children. As their bodies are revealed, scientists study them to learn more information about the earth’s past. But what will happen if our grinding, gliding glaciers disappear altogether?

With sweeping mountain vistas, vintage images of early climbers, and a quiet respect for the lives that are being uncovered and studied by scientists all over the world, acclaimed author James M. Deem takes the reader on an icy and epic adventure. He uncovers the magic lore of glaciers themselves, sharing stories of pioneering female climbers and early Mount Everest enthusiasts, and even stories of the glaciers themselves, at one point considered to be a creation of the devil devised to punish sinners, full of dragons and witches . . .


Illustrated in color and black-and-white with over 65 photographs, many of them rare. For ages 8 to adult. Published by Houghton Mifflin.

Bodies from the Ice. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008. 






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