The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a touchstone for all people, one of the few remaining ecosystems on our planet unaltered by human impact, where true wilderness can still be experienced. But now the refuge is showing signs of global warming: immense McCall Glacier, measured to have lost more than thirty feet in depth in the last forty years; the northward march of the dwarf willow, moving at a pace not seen in 8,000 years; the alarming decline of the muskox, forced to forage where their calves are vulnerable to predators. And the refuge is further threatened by oil development, which would forever unravel the delicate pattern of nature found here.
Award-winning photographer SUBHANKAR BANERJEE devoted two years of his life to documenting the land, its wild species, and its Native peoples. With Inupiat guide Robert Thompson, Banerjee traveled 4,000 miles through the refuge on foot and by raft, kayak, and snowmobile during all four seasons. With more than 200 breathtaking color images, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land makes this case: Leaving the refuge intact in all its mysterious beauty is vital to the survival of this unique ecosystem.
Banerjees photos are paired with six essays and a foreword by former president JIMMY CARTER.
In his essay, PETER MATTHIESSEN paints in living color the glorious profundity of life encountered on an expedition at the refuge. FRAN MAUER examines the full range of Arctic and sub-Arctic ecosystems found here. WILLIAM MEADOWS recounts the Wilderness Societys role in creating the refuge and helping to protect it for over forty years. DEBBIE MILLER profiles native Gwichin and Inupiat families, by choice tied to the land for survival despite the pressures they face. GEORGE SCHALLER recounts the first expedition that led to the creation of the refuge. DAVID ALLEN SIBLEY experiences the wonder of the Arctic coastal plain aflutter with nesting birds from all six continents. Each comes to the same conclusion: The refuge is an abundant and critical habitat that would be irreversibly destroyed if exploited for oil.
The pictures alone make this book worth owning.
In that sense, the ongoing ANWR debate is "simply" the latest and best known of a long series of struggles between development and conservation in the Refuges.
The book features writing from an all-star cast, including former president Jimmy Carter and Peter Matthiessen.
The Book was in great shape. I had loaned my original copy out a long time ago and forgot to who. It was good to be able to get another copy at a reasonable price and in such... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bonnie Pederson
I spent more than a week above the arctic circle last summer and actually stayed with the same people the author stayed with. Read morePublished on January 29, 2013 by B. G. Snyder
This book was published in large part to disabuse people of the notion that ANWR is a white wasteland. In that it succeeds. Read morePublished on September 23, 2009 by NardiViews
My wife has been living in Kaktovik since August. She insisted that we purchase "Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land" because of the accuracy and beauty, of... Read morePublished on March 25, 2009 by Dave Thiel
If you want to read a book about the environmentalists fighting big oil interests in NE Alaska, this book is for you... Read morePublished on January 5, 2005 by kandoro
The entire US Congress should read this book before voting to allow oil drilling in ANWAR. The pictures alone make this book worth owning. Read morePublished on March 30, 2004 by Doris E Beck
I am struck not only by the photographs but also the essays that convey just a sprinkling of what the ANWR is really like. But, what a sprinkling. Read morePublished on September 30, 2003
It's not too often that a book of nature photographs gets to fuel a congressional debate or lead to the Smithsonian being accused of being politicized but this book has done... Read morePublished on June 23, 2003 by Conrad J. Obregon
Some amazing photos, I think the photographer got an award for one of them. The pictures speak of a land serene, pure, open. Read morePublished on June 19, 2003 by Ani