When James M Deem visits schools and libraries in the United States and around the world to speak about Bodies from the Ice, he gives a PowerPoint presentation that includes many rare glacier images discovered during his research.
His presentation introduces students to the subject of glaciers: how they are formed, how they move, and where they are found.
He discusses what people thought of glaciers long ago, in the days before science, and how, more recently, scientists have studied glaciers. He explains why scientists are concerned about the melting of glaciers now. He shows comparison photos of glaciers (then and now) to show how much they have melted in recent years.
A presentation about glaciers at Charlotte Country Day School (North Carolina)
He explains the archaeology of melting glaciers: how glaciers were explored like long-lost continents and how people who died while crossing or climbing glaciers have been discovered at the melting edge of glaciers now that they are thawing. He discusses what scientists have found out about these discoveries by studying their remains and the artifacts that accompanied them. In particular, he emphasizes Ötzi the Iceman, showing how he was discovered and what fascinating objects and clothing were found with him. He traces how scientists eventually uncovered the cause of his death.
Finally, he discusses the problems that may be caused by the melting of glaciers (lack of drinking water and possible rise in the sea level). His PowerPoint includes many rare images that he located when researching Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past.
Speaking about glaciers at the International School of Geneva (Switzerland)
To arrange a school visit, please contact James M. Deem.