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Extreme Ice Survey
Learn about the science behind the Extreme Ice Survey and see more of James Balog's stunning photography at this website.

World Glacier Monitoring Service
The World Glacier Monitoring Service started keeping data on glacial changes in 1894 in an attempt to track long-term processes. Now, over a century's worth of observations are available to help researchers better understand our climate.

The Earth Institute at Columbia University: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
The Earth Institute at Columbia encourages collaboration among engineers, economists, and scientists. Read about the latest research and access publicly available data at this website.

International Polar Year
The International Polar Year actually stretched for two years—from March 2007 to March 2009. Over that time, thousands of scientists investigated physical, biological, and social research topics in the Arctic and Antarctic. Find out more about the results of that research as well as events associated with the effort at the official website.

TED Talks: Al Gore's New Thinking on the Climate Crisis
Former Vice President Al Gore traveled around the world to deliver the presentation that was later made into the award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. In this TED talk, Gore presents a new slide show and new thoughts on climate change.


Extreme Ice Now: Vanishing Glaciers and Changing Climate: A Progress Report
by James Balog. Focal Point, 2009.

The Long Thaw
by David Archer. Princeton University Press, 2009.

Darkening Peaks: Glacier Retreat, Science, and Society
by Ben Orlove, Ellen Wiegandt, and Brian H. Luckman, editors. University of California Press, 2008.

Ice: Great Moments in the History of Hard, Cold Water
by Karal Ann Marling. Borealis Books, 2008.

Field Notes From a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
by Elizabeth Kolbert. Bloomsbury, 2006.


"Where Warming Hits Hard"
by Mason Inman. Nature Reports Climate Change, January 15, 2009.

"Study: Sea Levels Won't Rise As Much As Predicted"
by Richard Harris. All Things Considered, September 5, 2008.

"Now That's Abrupt: Ancient Ice Cores Show North Atlantic Went From Cold to Warm in Just Three Years"
by Ashley Yeager. ScienceNews, June 19, 2008.

"Glaciers in Retreat"
by Somini Sengupta. The New York Times, July 17, 2007.

Related NOVA Content

Descent Into the Ice
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FRONTLINE and NOVA take on a complex and critical phenomenon—global warming.

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