The Big Thaw: Ancient Carbon, Modern Science, and a Race to Save the World

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10.44 X 0.81 X 9.19 inches | 2.15 pounds
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About the Author

Eric Scigliano, winner of Livingston and AAAS prizes for reporting, has written for Harper's, New Scientist, the New York Times, and many other publications. His books include Puget Sound, Michelangelo's Mountain, and Love, War, and Circuses.

Dr. Robert Max Holmes is deputy director and senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts. He lives in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
John Schade is a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center and the Education Coordinator for the Polaris Project. He currently lives in East Falmouth, Massachusetts. Learn more at
Dr. Susan Natali is an associate scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center. She lives in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Chris Linder currently holds a faculty position in College Student Affairs Administration and the Institute for Women's Studies at the University of Georgia. She believes in centering the voices of historically minoritized people in higher education. One way in which she puts this value into practice is through research that fosters equitable campus environments, with an explicit focus on race and gender. Her research is informed by her work in a campus-based women's center, where she supported survivors of sexual violence. Most recently, her research has focused on ways campus activists use their voices to elevate sexual violence as an important national issue. As a power-conscious educator, Chris also works to expose power in dominant narratives. Specifically, she examines the intersection of racism and sexual violence in historical and contemporary contexts.


An antidote to the depression and helplessness many feel in the face of climate change. In its splendid design, well-written text, and revealing photos of the Arctic world and those who probe the impact of thawing permafrost on the climate, this book perfectly captures this critical issue and those who are meeting the challenge.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
A warm, engrossing book about a chilling impact that threatens life on our planet.... "The Big Thaw" has a you-are-there intimacy unusual for a book about science and scientists.--Joel Connelly "SeattlePI "
Profusely illustrated throughout with full color photography combined with an impressively informative commentary, "The Big Thaw: Ancient Carbon, Modern Science, and a Race to Save the World" is a critically important and unreservedly recommended addition to the personal reading lists of all environmental activists.--Midwest Book Review