Book Reie v s w Darkening Peaks: g lacier retreat, s cience, an D s ociety B. Orlove, E. Wiegandt, and B. H. Luckman, Eds., 2008, 296 pp., $50.00, hardbound, University of California Press, ISBN 978-0-520-25305-6 his volume originates with a subset of the pre- of glacier runoff—and thus streamf low—may be sentations given at t he 10t h a nnua l Wengen expected. In addition, there are risks associated with T Workshop on Global Change Research, held in the catastrophic drainage of proglacial lakes, as well 2004 in the eponymous Swiss village and organized as geomorphic hazards engendered by ablation of the on the theme of “Mountain Glaciers and Society.” supporting rock known as “ice.” The emphasis in this The book’s title, with its somewhat ominous collection is decidedly on the local—and tone, presages the “somber and . . . urgent” less often regional—scales. Since the im- lesson glaciers hold for us today, that of pacts associated with sea level rise represent “the susceptibility of the Earth to human a distinct and quite extensive field of study impacts.” The introductory chapter, “The in and of themselves, limiting the collection Place of Glaciers in Natural and Cultural in this
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