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by Kieran Mulvaney

ISBN: 0547152426
ISBN13: 978-0547152424
Language: English
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (January 12, 2011)
Pages: 272
Category: Biological Sciences
Subategory: Math Science

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Rating: 4.8
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KIERAN MULVANEY is the author of At the Ends of the Earth: A History of the Polar Regions and The Whaling Season: The Struggle to Stop Commercial Whaling.

by. Kieran Mulvaney (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. KIERAN MULVANEY is the author of At the Ends of the Earth: A History of the Polar Regions and The Whaling Season: The Struggle to Stop Commercial Whaling. He has traveled extensively in the Arctic and Antarctic. He has written for the Washington Post Magazine, the Guardian, New Scientist, and BBC Wildlife and is a correspondent for Discovery News and Reuters.

The Great White Bear celebrates the story of this unique species

The Great White Bear celebrates the story of this unique species. Through a blend of history, both natural and human, through myth and reality and observations both personal and scientific, Kieran Mulvaney masterfully provides a context for readers to consider the polar bear, its history, its life, and its uncertain fate. Kieran Mulvaney (At the End of the Earth: A History of the Polar Bear Regions, The Whaling Season) delivers a hopeful, heartbreaking biography of polar bears now. He blends history, mythology, science and his own observations to give readers an incomparable portraits of these majestic - and cosmically threatened - beasts.

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The Great White Bear celebrates the story of this unique species. Through a blend of history, both natural and human, through myth and reality and observations both personal and scientific, Kieran Mulvaney masterfully provides a context for readers to consider the polar bear, its history, its life, and itsuncertain fate.

Xiii, 251 pages, pages of plates : 22 cm. Presents an introduction to polar bears, describing the species' contradictions and resiliency and the factors that threaten its survival, from hunting to environmental losses. Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-240) and index. Journey - Becoming - Bear - Ice - Life - Encounters - Churchill - Melt - Future.

Polar bears are creatures of paradox: They are white bears whose skin is black; massive predators who can walk almost silently; Arctic residents whose major problem is not staying warm, but keeping cool. Fully grown they can measure 10 feet and weigh close to 2,000 pounds, but at birth they are just 20 ounces. Creatures that may wander thousands of miles over the course of a year, they begin life in a snowdrift. The Great White Bear celebrates the story of this unique species. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read.

The Great White Bear: A Natural and Unnatural History of the Polar Bear. Polar bears are creatures of paradox: They are white bears whose skin is black; massive predators who can walk almost silently; Arctic residents whose major problem is not staying warm, but keeping cool.

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Polar bears are creatures of paradox: They are white bears whose skin is black; massive predators who can walk almost silently; Arctic residents whose major problem. About the Author: KIERAN MULVANEY is the author of At the Ends of the Earth: A History of the Polar Regions and The Whaling Season: The Struggle to Stop Commercial Whaling

Polar bears are creatures of paradox: They are white bears whose skin is black; massive predators who can walk almost silently; Arctic residents whose major problem is not staying warm, but keeping cool. Fully grown they can measure 10 feet and weigh close to 2,000 pounds, but at birth they are just 20 ounces. Creatures that may wander thousands of miles over the course of a year, they begin life in a snowdrift. Human encounters with these legendary beasts are cause for both excitement and apprehension. Tales throughout history describe the ferocity of polar bear attacks on humans; but human hunting of polar bears has exacted a far larger toll, obliging Arctic nations to try to protect their region’s iconic species before it’s too late.Now, however, another threat to the polar bears’ survival has emerged, one that is steadily removing sea ice and the life it supports. Without this habitat, polar bears cannot exist. The Great White Bear celebrates the story of this unique species. Through a blend of history, both natural and human, through myth and reality and observations both personal and scientific, Kieran Mulvaney masterfully provides a context for readers to consider the polar bear, its history, its life, and its uncertain fate.

Comments:
Vaua
I love to take a trip to the polar regions in the heat of the Summer, by book that is. This Summer Kieran Mulvaney was nice enough to escort me on a tour of the Arctic with the particular purpose of learning about and understanding the polar bear in his book The Great White Bear.

I always love finding out more about animals and have been interested in polar bears and their welfare, but really wasn't that well informed. It seemed like a great opportunity to read a book about polar bears by a journalist and environmental activist such as Kieran Mulvaney. I wasn't disappointed as The Great White Bear is easily readable for the non-scientist. One can learn much about the habits, the biology and the impact that the changing arctic landscape has on the polar bear. I was delighted to learn about the hunting habits of this great wandering bear. I found it intriguing to learn that this bear is deliberately slow lest it overheat. That and many other interesting tidbits can be found in this book.

Also worth reading are the many "bear stories" and I really liked the ones which were set in Churchill. Here is one which I found entertaining:

Next to us sat Bill Callahan, American by birth but a resident of Churchill for twenty-eight years.
He, too, had a bear story.
Evidently, a community of 800 people is, for Bill somewhat suffocating, so he lives in a cabin outside of town. It makes for plenty of peace and quiet; but he says, "I sometimes get some interesting visitors."
One night the previous year, a sow with cubs had pushed through his front door and entered his kitchen while he slept. Placing her paw on the stove in an apparent attempt to reach a loaf of bread that was above it the sow pressed the button that lit the burner, singed her paw, recoiled banged into the wall and crashed out through the now open doorway, cubs in tow. Having somehow dozed through the breaking down of his door and the presence of three polar bears in his kitchen, Bill was awakened by the sound of the sow thumping into the kitchen wall. Fully naked but half-conscious, he stood in the kitchen doorway, the chaos not fully apparent to him, the scene lit only by the glow from the stove, prompting Bill initially to wonder how he could have gone to bed and left the gas flame burning.

I believe that it is the wonderful mix of bear stories with the facts and details about the polar bears' life, environment and biology which make this book so readable. I read it as quickly as a novel and yet the wonder of the arctic and the polar bear have stayed with me. I would encourage anyone with an interest in polar bears to read it.

olgasmile
This is an excellent book. Author is an exceptional writer.

inetserfer
At times it went from one topic to another without much connection. Despite this the book was very informative and understandable-

Wooden Purple Romeo
nice book thank you

tamada
Interesting and informative. A good precursor for a visit to polar bear country.

Reggy
The great white bear was an excellent source of the information necessary to come to a verdict concerning the results of being first in line to be effected by mans lack of concern for our planet.

Whitecaster
Love this amazing book! There is a section on Churchill and the Tundra Buggies that makes you feel like you are there. If you love this species, you will love this book!

Love Polar Bears so this book is a must.

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