Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Book Review: Bodies From the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past by James Deem
I saw James Deem's new book "Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past on the new book cart and just had to read it. After all who can resist a book about mummies and mummies found in cold places makes it even better.
In 1991 a couple climbing a mountain in Italy saw what they thought was trash left behind my other hikers. Upon further investigation, it turned out to be the body of a man who lived 5300 years ago. As the glaciers slowly melt, scientists are discovering the remains of humans lost years ago-from mountain climbers in the Himalayas to child mummies in the Andes. These remains are providing researchers with a wealth of information about how our ancestors lived-what they ate and drank and in some cases, their religious beliefs.
But this new knowledge is being gained at the cost. With global warming glaciers all over the world are melting which is changing the climate and the environement of the area. Deem discusses why the glaciers are disappearing and what, if anything, can be done to slow down the process.
The text is accompanied by lost of interesting (and sometimes gruesome) photos. There is also an extensive bibliography, tips of preventing global warming and an index The subject matter is appealing to browsers and informative enough for school reports.
Check out Deem's other books about mummies: "How to Make a Mummy Talk", "Bodies from the Ash" and "Bodies from the Bog".