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Glaciers: The Politics of Ice

Jorge Daniel Taillant

Abstract

Though not traditionally thought of as strategic natural resources, glaciers are a crucial part of our global ecosystem playing a fundamental role in the sustaining of life around the world. Comprising three quarters of the world's freshwater, they freeze in the winter and melt in the summer, supplying a steady flow of water for agriculture, livestock, industry and human consumption. The white of glacier surfaces reflect sunrays which otherwise warm our planet. Without them, many of the planet's rivers would run dry shortly after the winter snow-melt. A single mid-sized glacier in high mountai ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199367252
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199367252.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jorge Daniel Taillant, author