Below is information about glaciers that I uncovered while researching my book Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past

Scroll down to find information about:

glacier books, glacier websites, glaciers to visit, and my glacier PowerPoint


Books about glaciers

The Best General Books about Glaciers

Glaciers by Jürg Alean and Michael Hambrey

Glaciers and Glaciation by  Douglas I. Benn and David J. A. Evans


The Top Books about Glacier Mummies

George Mallory

The Lost Explorer: Finding Mallory on Mount Everest by Conrad Anker and David Roberts

Detectives on Everest: The 2001 Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition by Jochen Hemmleb , Eric Simonson, Dave Hahn


Inca Discoveries

The Ice Maiden: Inca Mummies, Mountain Gods, and Sacred Sites in the Andes by Johan Reinhard

The Mummy Congress: Science, Obsession, and the Everlasting Dead by Heather Pringle


Glacier Mummies

Human Mummies: A Global Survey of Their Status and the Techniques of Conservation by Konrad Spindler and others 

Ötzi the Iceman

Iceman: Uncovering the Life and Times of a Prehistoric Man Found in an Alpine Glacier by Brenda Fowler

Native Americans and glaciers

Do Glaciers Listen? Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters, and Social Imagination by Julie Cruikshank


Other Books


Times of Feast, Times of Famine: A History of Climate Since the Year 1000 by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie

Frozen Earth: The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages by Doug Macdougall

The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History 1300-1850 by Brian Fagan


Women Climbers

Mountaineering Women: Stories by Early Climbers by David Mazel

Women on High: Pioneers of Mountaineering by Rebecca A. Brown

My Ascent of Mont Blanc by Henriette D'Angeville


Conquest of the Alps

Killing Dragons: The Conquest of the Alps by Fergus Fleming

Off the Map: Tales of Endurance and Exploration by Fergus Fleming


 Books for Kids

Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers & the Recovery of the Past by James M Deem

Icebergs and Glaciers by Seymour Simon

Great Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier Activity Book

Glaciers (Blastoff Readers: Learning About the Earth) by Colleen Sexton

Glaciers (Our World) (Our World) by Valerie Bodden

Ice Mummy (Step-Into-Reading, Step 4) by Mark Dubowski

Discovering the Inca Ice Maiden by Johan Reinhard

Mystery on Everest: A Photobiography Of George Mallory by Audrey Salkeld



Websites about glaciers


All About Glaciers

The Glacier Archive (in German)

Glaciers Online Swiss Glacier Monitoring Network

The Canary Project: Glacial, Icecap, and Permafrost Melting

High Altitude Scientific and Technological Research

Glacier Photograph Collection

All About Glaciers

World Glacier Monitoring Service

Byrd Glacier Exhibit (Antarctica)

Melting Glaciers: Clues to Climate Change (Science Bulletin by the American Museum of Natural History)


Ötzi the Iceman

South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

Ötzi at the Mummy Tombs


Inca Discoveries

Johan Reinhard’s Journeys

Museum of High Altitude Archaeology, Salta, Argentina  (in Spanish)

Museo Santuarios de Altura in Arequipa, Peru (in Spanish)


George Mallory

Everest News


Kwäday Dan Ts’ìnchí


Kwäday Dan Ts’ìnchí Archaeology


Visiting glaciers 


If you want to visit a glacier before it's too late, here are some that I recommend: 


Argentina : Los Glaciares National Park


Austria : Pasterze Glacier


Canada : Columbia Icefield (including the Athabasca Glacier), Alberta


Chile: Bernardo O'Higgins National Park (including Pio XI Glacier)

Torres del Paine National Park (including Grey Glacier)


Ecuador : Cotopaxi Glacier


France: Mer de Glace and Les Bossons Glacier (and others)


Germany: Zugspitze Glacier


Iceland : Vatnajökull Glacier


New Zealand: Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier


Norway: Jostedalsbreen National Park and Glacier


Switzerland : Glacier Express (train from St. Moritz to Zermatt)

Rhône Glacier


United States: Carbon Glacier, Washington


Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska  

Glacier National Park, Montana  

Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska

Palmer Glacier, Oregon

St. Mary’s Glacier, Colorado

My glacier PowerPoint 

When I visit schools and libraries to speak about melting glaciers, I give a PowerPoint presentation that includes many rare glacier images discovered during my research.

I introduce students to the subject of glaciers, by describing 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 show how much they have melted in recent years. 

I discuss the positive side of melting glaciers from an archaeological standpoint.  I describe how glaciers were explored like long-lost continents, how people who have 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. 

I also 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 my book, Bodies from the Ice.


To schedule a school or library visit, please contact me. Or, for information about my other talks, click here.







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