ICE by James Follett


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Chilly, silly disaster-ama. A U.S. sub, trying for a thousand-day submergence run in the Antarctic, suddenly vanishes. Meanwhile, a team of scientists on the ice shelf above, making core samples, packs up and heads for home. Their ship is making 47 knots when it hits a wildly turbulent brown sea, and sinks. What's happened is that a chunk of the Antarctic shelf has broken loose and, with several undersea mountains clinging to it, has started to drift north while still submerged. It's the largest berg ever known, nearly as long as Long Island, and as its mountains begin breaking loose underwater, the berg slowly rises, then more swiftly, creating tidal waves and releasing weird poisonous red tides that kill all marine life. Two scientists, Glen and Julia, battle the berg while the U.S. and Russia pad through a missile-jockeying standoff. The berg has enveloped itself in fog and crossed the equator, the fog reflecting 90% of the solar energy that would otherwise melt it. Gadzooks, it's heading toward the continental shelf of solid rock upon which New York City sits! If its unbelievable mass strikes the rock, Manhattan will ring like a bell and seismic waves will level all the boroughs. An atom bomb fails to break up the ice. What can be done!? It looks like a very white Christmas until. . . . Straight from the funny pages and told with a modicum of style.

Pub Date: Oct. 31st, 1978
Publisher: Stein & Day