The Patagonian Icefields

A Unique Natural Laboratory for Environmental and Climate Change Studies

  • Gino Casassa
  • Francisco V. Sepúlveda
  • Rolf M. Sinclair

Part of the Series of the Centro de Estudios Científicos book series (SCEC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Biology

    1. Shiro Kohshima, Yoshitaka Yoshimura, Nozomu Takeuchi
      Pages 1-8
    2. Brent C. Christner, Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Lonnie G. Thompson, Victor Zagorodnov, John N. Reeve
      Pages 9-15
    3. Anders J. Hansen, Eske Willerslev
      Pages 17-27
  3. Climate and Paleoclimate

  4. Glaciology

    1. Gino Casassa, Andrés Rivera, Masamu Aniya, Renji Naruse
      Pages 67-83
    2. Juan Carlos Leiva
      Pages 85-87
    3. Andrés Rivera, Gino Casassa
      Pages 101-115
  5. Ice Coring

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 189-193

About this book


The majesty of the icefields is beyond description. He who has been fortunate to be there once, remains bound forever. To a theoretical physicist working on black holes the icefields produce a familiar vertigo, the instinctive certainty of being confronted with something so simple and beautifully extreme that it must be of importance. The meeting whose proceedings are contained in this volume was conducted onboard of a vessel that went to the icefields, and the participants could literally set foot on them. It was expected that, for those who had not been there before, this would constitute a ritual of initiation. And so it did. For this reason we like to refer to the meeting as an expedition because, although it did not have the hardship, it had the spirit. After this foundational expedition there have been two others, this time both with spirit and hardship, one from Chile and one from Argentina. At the moment of this writing, a fourth, full-fledged airborne expedition to the icefields is about to depart from Valdivia. Many of the people of many nations who were on board of the Aquiles will take part in it. We look forward to its results, and to an ongoing exciting scientific adventure. Claudio Teitelboim Director, Centro de Estudios Cientfficos Valdivia, September 2001 v ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This volume is the result of the effort and generosity of many people and institutions.


Aerosol Paleoclimatology atmospheric chemistry bacteria climate climatology ecosystem environment microbiology paleoclimate

Editors and affiliations

  • Gino Casassa
    • 1
  • Francisco V. Sepúlveda
    • 1
  • Rolf M. Sinclair
    • 2
  1. 1.Centro de Estudios Científicos (CECS)ValdiviaChile
  2. 2.Chevy ChaseUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5174-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-0645-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1571-571X
  • Buy this book on publisher's site