An engaging and informative guide to the natural history of the vast, forbidding Arctic region. In clear and elegant prose, the author details the history, flora and fauna, geology, and importance of the far northern world. He covers such topics as the ice ages, glaciers and other geologic formations, weather, birds and animals of the tundra, the great northern forests, and man's arctic explorations. Illustrated.
Table of ContentsBears, Boreas, and Celestial Mechanics: How We Define and Subdivide the Polar Regions.
Polar Weather and Climate.
Ice and Snow.
Glaciers and Glaciology.
Polar Landscapes: Glacial Geology and Geomorphology.
The Periglacial Environment.
Gateway to the Arctic: The Northern Forest and the Timberline.
Tundra Vegetation and Zonation.
Cold Seas, Shores, and Inland Waters.
Birds of the Arctic.
Ice Ages II.
The Human Presence in the Arctic.