Polar Regions

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The polar world is made up of three climatic regions-polar ice cap, subpolar, and subarctic-and is best defined by its bone-chilling cold temperatures and scant precipitation. However, the region's low temperatures, more than any other factor, have affected its natural landscapes and patterns of human adaptation. Cold shapes the patterned land, freezes the waters, and creates and preserves glacial ice. Both plant and animal life must be uniquely adapted in order to survive the seemingly endless polar winters. ...
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Overview

The polar world is made up of three climatic regions-polar ice cap, subpolar, and subarctic-and is best defined by its bone-chilling cold temperatures and scant precipitation. However, the region's low temperatures, more than any other factor, have affected its natural landscapes and patterns of human adaptation. Cold shapes the patterned land, freezes the waters, and creates and preserves glacial ice. Both plant and animal life must be uniquely adapted in order to survive the seemingly endless polar winters. Nature presents an equally difficult and often unforgiving obstacle for humans to overcome if they are to survive in the polar world. Yet for thousands of years people have thrived in this bitterly cold, and, in many other ways, hostile environment.

About the Author:
Charles F. Gritzner is distinguished professor of geography at South Dakota State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791092354
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Series: Geography of Extreme Environments Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Introducing the Polar World     7
Weather and Climate     16
Snow, Ice, and Frozen Ground     34
Landforms and Ecosystems     46
Native Peoples     62
European Influences     76
Contemporary Conditions and Regions     93
Future Prospects for the Polar World     109
Historical Geography at a Glance     114
Bibliography     117
Further Reading     118
Index     121
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    Posted January 19, 2012

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    This novel, was decent in the sense entertainment. The knowledge presented in the book was standard. Many books of this sort. It was a quick read and a waste of time.

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