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Land of Extremes: A Natural History of the Arctic North Slope of Alaska
by Alex Huryn and John Hobbie
University of Alaska Press, 2012
eISBN: 978-1-60223-182-5 | Paper: 978-1-60223-181-8
Library of Congress Classification QH105.A4H87 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 508.798


This book is a comprehensive guide to the natural history of the North Slope, the only arctic tundra in the United States. The first section provides detailed information on climate, geology, landforms, and ecology. The second provides a guide to the identification and natural history of the common animals and plants and a primer on the human prehistory of the region from the Pleistocene through the mid-twentieth century. The appendix provides the framework for a tour of the natural history features along the Dalton Highway, a road connecting the crest of the Brooks Range with Prudhoe Bay and the Arctic Ocean, and includes mile markers where travelers may safely pull off to view geologic formations, plants, birds, mammals, and fish. Featuring hundreds of illustrations that support the clear, authoritative text, Land of Extremes reveals the arctic tundra as an ecosystem teeming with life.



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