Imagine suiting up and slipping into water so cold that exposed skin can freeze in seconds and equipment can suddenly seize up. These are the dangers that Kathy Conlan faces when she goes to work. Kathy is a marine biologist who has scuba-dived in oceans off the Arctic and Antarctic --- two of the most hostile environments on Earth. Under the Ice is a fascinating first-person account of a woman scientist at work. Highlights of Kathy's research on how pollution affects the fragile environments under the ice and stunning photographs of places few will ever visit make this a book readers will be eager to dive into.
Well-captioned color photos appear throughout the book. Conlan, who refers to herself as “the luckiest person in the world,” offers readers an engaging account of her adventurous career in scientific field research.
The lively text, accompanied by dozens of full-color photographs, will make this a useful and appealing introduction to marine biology and the activities of a contemporary working scientist. Captions for the photos are filled with fascinating information about everything from life forms to descriptions of the camps. An excellent memoir to stimulate interest in science careers, demonstrate the scientific method in action, and support efforts to protect the environment.