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THE NATURAL HISTORY OF ICE AND SNOW: ILLUSTRATED FROM THE ALPS A.E.H. Tutton 1927 1st ed Hardcover Very Good
By Tutton, A.E.H.
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London, 1927, 1st edition. 319 pp, 48 b/w plates (174 figures), 16 text illustrations, map. Original navy cloth hardcover with gold lettering on spine and edge wear. Very Good condition.

For 23 summer seasons the author studied the forms of snow and ice in the Alps of Central Europe and took a large number of photographs to illustrate his subject. His book explains much on the nature and geological character of the Alps.

Divided into the following sections :
  • Introduction
  • The evolution of our knowledge of water and ice
  • The physical relationships of water and ice
  • The crystal structure of ice and snow
  • Optical, thermal, and electrical properties of ice
  • Plasticity, viscosity, and elasticity of ice
  • Artificial ice production, river and ground ice, arctic and antarctic ice
  • The alps, the ice and snow mounatins of central Europe and their call
  • Nature and geological character of the alps
  • Situations of the ranges, peaks, and glaciers of the alps
  • Snow-caps and glaciers and their movements
  • Crevasses, bergschrunds, and séracs; dirt-bands and veins; moraines and glacier lakes
  • How the great summits have been conquered
  • Expeditions in the Bernese Oberland
  • Expeditions in the pennine alps.  Monte Rosa - Matterhorn section
  • Expeditions in the pennine alps.  Zinal, Ferpècle and Arolla section
  • Expeditions in the chain of Mont Blanc
  • The ascent of Mont Blanc.  Scientific work on the mountain
  • Expeditions in the Graian and Dauphiné alps
  • Expeditions in the Bernina alps and Ortler group
He details how the great summits have been conquered, expeditions to the Bernese Oberland, Pennine Alps, Monte Rosa - Matterhorn section, Zinal, Ferpecle and Arolla Section; expeditions to the chain of Mont Blanc, the ascent of Mont Blanc, scientific work on the mountain; expeditions to the Graian and Dauphine Alps, to the Bernina Alps and Ortler group. 

The author was an authority on ice crystalization. Initial chapters are concerned with the chemistry and optics of ice and snow, (with a section on artificial snow), and with glaciers and the geology and topography of the Alps. The (slightly) greater part of the book is then concerned with climbs and traverses of the alpine regions, made by the Author and others, and with notes concerning the weather, changes to glaciers over time etc.


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