Under the Ice

Kathy Conlan, Canadian Museum of Nature

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.

978-1-55337-060-4 | Aug 1, 2004
List Price: USD $11.95, CAD $11.95
4-color 10 x 8 1/8 56 pages
Grades: 3 To 7 / Ages: 8 to 12

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Awards & Reviews

“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.”
— Booklist, November 2002
“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.”
— Kirkus Reviews, September 2002
2005 - Red Cedar Book Award, Short-listed
2004 - Great Book of the Year, Canadian Toy Testing Council, Commended
2004 - Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed
2004 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2003 - Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2003 - Norma Fleck Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed
2003 - Young Adults' Choices, International Reading Association, Short-listed
2002 - Science in Society Book Award, Canadian Science Writers' Association, Winner

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