Where Mountains Are Nameless: Passion and Politics in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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An impassioned tale of Alaskan exploration and discovery in North America's most controversial wildlife refuge. Explores how oil exploration has choked Alaska's pristine wilderness and traces the lives of the celebrated Muries, who spearheaded establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This memorable portrait makes the stakes over ANWR vividly clear.
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An impassioned tale of Alaskan exploration and discovery in North America's most controversial wildlife refuge. Explores how oil exploration has choked Alaska's pristine wilderness and traces the lives of the celebrated Muries, who spearheaded establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This memorable portrait makes the stakes over ANWR vividly clear.
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There's little new in this overview of the current state of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) by Alaska adventurer Waterman (Arctic Crossing), who considers what remains of Alaska's pristine northern wilderness: fragile land is threatened, caribou herds are dwindling and oil companies are despoiling whatever they touch. Others have imparted impassioned observations of this kind, most recently Rick Bass in Caribou Crossing. Still, two qualities recommend this memorable depiction of a barren land's stark and precarious beauty. The first is the author's easy familiarity with the region, which he has trekked and paddled through for 20 years, bearing explicit witness to the destructive effects of oil exploration outside the ANWR. The second is Waterman's sense of history: laced through the reflective account of his travels is an engaging minibiography of the pioneering conservationist couple Olaus and Mardy Murie, legendary figures in the fight for the preservation of Alaskan wilderness. Olaus Murie first explored Alaska in 1914; he and Mardy first championed a wildlife refuge in the Eisenhower era; Mardy died in 2003, at age 101, knowing that legislation to open ANWR to petroleum had-one more time-been defeated. Maps and illus. not seen by PW. (May) FYI: Drilling in ANWR is still a live issue, as the Senate voted narrowly in March to include such drilling in the as-yet-unapproved federal budget. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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In this strong argument against the development of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), explorer and author Waterman (In the Shadow of Denali) blends his personal experiences (he's traveled there 18 times) with a historical look at oil politics. Of course, any discussion of environmental efforts to protect ANWR must include the work and lives of Olaus, Mardy, and Adolph Murie, the pioneering conservationists who helped create the refuge. Waterman interweaves his encounters with the Muries with biographical information. Writing in a sometimes poetic, sometimes philosophical style, he describes the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the land and its plant and animal inhabitants. With renewed efforts by the Bush administration to open ANWR to oil exploration, this book is recommended for all public, academic, and high school libraries.-Betty Galbraith, Owen Science & Engineering Lib., Washington State Univ., Pullman Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393052190
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/9/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue : the great grandmother
Arctic Refuge/Murie timeline 3
Ch. 1 Eskimo lessons 5
Ch. 2 Caribou 31
Ch. 3 Oil 46
Ch. 4 Wolves 74
Ch. 5 Mosquitos and warbles 89
Ch. 6 Kongakut River 101
Arctic Refuge/Murie timeline 123
Ch. 7 Barren-ground grizzlies 125
Ch. 8 Fairbanks 151
Ch 9 Prudhoe Bay and the pipe 163
Ch. 10 Teaching moments 183
Ch. 11 Flying 201
Ch. 12 Final duet 232
App. A Locations/quantities of Arctic oil 253
App. B ANWR 1002 area 254
App. C Summary of ages, names, and rock types present in the ANWR 1002 area 255
App. D Gasoline consumption and oil production 256
App. E How much oil is left? 257
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