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Through careful description of Alaskan explorations and with informative illustrations, readers trace the evolution of the maps of this era of Russian discovery of Alaska. This book is as much about map making as it is about Alaska and its exploration.
Awarded as a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, William L. Iggiagruk Hensley takes us through his first-hand account of daily life as he and his family travel twenty-nine miles north of the arctic circle, a land without necessities such as electricity, running water, or healthcare. A member of the Iñupiaq people, Hensley discusses how he has taken his experiences, education, and passion to become a member of the National Congress of American Indians and the Alaskan House of Representatives, diligently fighting for the Natives of Alaska in the face of regional and national corporations.
Documenting what is often referred to as the, "forgotten war," author Brian Garfield provides an account of Alaska's history, with World War II's only battle on United States soil having taken place on the Aleutian Islands. Garfield discusses, through careful research, the conditions and impact of this battle on the soldiers, the state, and the nation as a whole.
Alaska lives up to its official nickname: “The Last Frontier.” Indeed, Alaska was the 49th state to join the union in 1959. Alaska is also the largest state by land area--bigger than Texas, Montana, and California combined--and yet is the least densely populated with a ratio of 1.26 people per square mile. Although having an economy dominated by the oil and gas industry, Alaska’s unique and rugged landscape attracts millions of visitors every year. Here is a taste of Alaska.
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This is the mobile application developed by the State of Alaska for visitors to create travel itineraries, access road & highway information, maps, and other government information. The app is available through the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android users.
This is an official website created by the State of Alaska for visitors to the state. The Website features an interactive map where visitors can learn about the various regions of the state. The state has also created a mobile app that visitors can use to access a wide range of information resources and maps about the state.
Chosen as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, Ivey writes of Jack and Mabel, a couple who have relocated to Alaska in the midst of the 1920's. Crumbling under the hardships of their circumstances, the two find solace in sculpting a child out of the season's first snowfall, but wake to find the sculpture gone--and a young, blond-haired girl named Faina in its place. Jack and Mabel can't help but grow to love this mysterious child as their own, but as one confides in the unknown,one also takes on the risks.
Based on an actual incident in the 1850's, four men held as indentured servants far up the coast of Russian Alaska look to the hazardous conditions of the Pacific ocean as their only escape. Jumping on board a stolen canoe, the men battle through starvation, a hostile environment, and local Natives as they trek twelve-hundred miles toward freedom.
Shaman and Kushtaka, both struck terror in the hearts of the Tlingit and Haida, for both possessed frightening supernatural powers. Among the Natives of the Pacific Northwest Coast, the shaman was honored as a person who could heal the body and spirit as well as see into the future. In his struggles to protect his people, he fought the kushtaka---an evil spirit-being who was half human and half land hotter---for the souls of dying persons. Theirs was a battle between the forces of good and evil, and today it remains a cornerstone in Tlingit and Haida mythology. Mary Giraudo Beck provides a powerful mix of history, legend, and adventure to dramatize the values and traditions of Tlingit and Haida societies.
Travelers' Tales Alaska takes you into the "Last Frontier" for adventures with wildlife and local culture. These first person narratives provide an inside view to the landscape, ecology and native culture of Alaska.
Penned by author Barry Scott Zellen after his nine-year residency in the Western Arctic, Zellen documents the will and tenacity of Alaskan tribes to gain back power and rights throughout the state in the face of corporate desires.
High-latitude ecosystems are potentially more vulnerable to climate change than ecosystems in the temperate zone during the remainder of the 21st century because temperature is projected to increase more in boreal and arctic regions. In particular, these increases in temperature may expose the substantial stores of carbon in the region to loss from more wildfire and permafrost thaw, which could turn the ecosystems of Alaska into a net carbon source. Therefore, the assessment of Alaska ecosystem carbon stocks and fluxes as well as methane fluxes, as reported here, was conducted to better understand the baseline and projected carbon distributions and potential responses to a rapidly changing environment. [From the introduction]
Before Alaska became a mining bonanza, it was a scenic bonanza. Prior to the great Klondike Gold Rush of 1897, thousands of scenic adventurers journeyed along the Inside Passage, the nearly thousand-mile sea-lane that snakes up the Pacific coast. Both the famous and the long forgotten returned with fascinating accounts of their Alaskan journeys. In Darkest Alaska explores the popular images conjured by these travelers' tales by drawing on lively firsthand accounts, archival photographs, maps, and other ephemera of the day. Robert Campbell chronicles how Gilded Age sightseers were inspired by Alaska's bounty of evolutionary treasures, tribal artifacts, geological riches, and novel thrills.
Though not traditionally thought of as strategic natural resources, glaciers are a crucial part of our global ecosystem. Comprising three quarters of the world's freshwater, they supply a steady flow of water for agriculture, livestock, industry and human consumption. On the other hand, these massive ice bodies can become highly unstable and collapse into downstream environments, resulting in severe natural events like glacier tsunamis and other deadly environmental catastrophes. Despite their critical role in environmental sustainability, glaciers often exist well outside our environmental consciousness. Glaciers: The Politics of Ice is a scientific, cultural, and political examination of the cryosphere - the earth's ice - and the environmental policies that are slowly emerging to protect it.
• In Being and Place among the Tlingit, anthropologist Thomas F. Thornton examines the concept of place in the language, social structure, economy, and ritual of southeast Alaska's Tlingit Indians. He offers insight into how Tlingits in particular, and humans in general, conceptualize their relationship to the lands they inhabit. Geographic references are embedded in personal names, clan names, and house names. Being and Place among the Tlingit makes a substantive contribution to the literature on the Tlingit, the Northwest Coast cultural area, Native American and indigenous studies, and to the growing social scientific and humanistic literature on space, place, and landscape.