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Author: Marco Tedesco Narrator: Joel Richards Publisher: Tantor Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2020 ISBN: 9781705252949
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A pioneering researcher's illuminating account of Arctic ice—its secret history and dire future

Barely inhabited, the Arctic is an alien world to most of us. It also holds critical clues about the future of our planet. In The Hidden Life of Ice, Marco Tedesco invites us to Greenland, where he and his fellow scientists are doggedly researching the dramatic changes afoot. Following the arc of his typical day at work, Tedesco unearths the secrets in the ice—from evidence of long-extinct "polar camels" to the fantastically weird microorganisms living at freezing temperatures in cryoconite holes.

Tedesco weaves together the bald facts on climate change with poetic reflections on this endangered landscape, the epic deeds of great Arctic explorers, and the legends of the rare local populations. The Hidden Life of Ice is more than a diatribe on climate—it's a moving tribute to a beautiful place that may be gone too soon. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Joel Richards admirably handles the complex task of emulating the reverential voice of climate scientist Tedesco as he navigates the vastness of ice-covered Greenland. Read in an almost hushed tone, his nuanced narration reveals the exquisite silences, freezing temperatures, and harsh winds of one of the planet’s largest remaining arctic expanses.”


  • “Greenland is ground zero for the monumental change sweeping over our world…Dr. Tedesco makes a valuable and much-needed contribution toward the dire story unfolding in this great and sometimes enigmatic land.”

    James Balog, A.D. White Professor at Cornell University

  • “Imagine a science book that’s truly informative but without an intimidating slew of equations, graphs, and references. That book is The Hidden Life of Ice…a beautifully told story that will make you wish you could spend a year alone on the Greenland ice sheet.”

    Henry Pollack, ​professor emeritus at the University of Michigan’s department of earth and environmental sciences

  • A Library Science Book Club Main Selection

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About the Author

Marco Tedesco is a research professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University and adjunct scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Originally from Italy, he received his Laurea degree and PhD from the University of Naples Federico II and the Italian National Research Council. He went on to join the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as a professor and became the founder and director of the Cryospheric Processes Laboratory. He has been featured in Science and has spoken as an expert on polar regions for the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, and others.

About the Narrator

Joel Richards was the kid who did crazy things just to have a good story to tell afterward. On deciding to make his affection his profession, he received a BFA in acting and a BA in English from the University of Utah. He has narrated over 300 audiobooks and continues to tell his original stories to live audiences.