Melting Away: A Ten-Year Journey through Our Endangered Polar Regions
by Camille Seaman
Princeton Architectural Press, 2014 (($55))

The steady disappearance of Earth's polar ice is illustrated beautifully, but devastatingly, in this large-format book. Seaman's photographs, shot over a period of roughly a decade, document the architectural wonder of icebergs, many of which are visibly diminishing in response to warming temperatures. Playful penguins, majestic polar bears and other arctic creatures also appear here, but, as Seaman shows, their habitats are shrinking rapidly. She accompanies her pictures with essays tracing the changes she has witnessed.

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