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Clouds scrape by the snow-covered Iliamna Volcano, which last erupted before Europeans settled in the area. (p. 98) The wilderness of Chikuminuk Lake and Wood-Tikchik State Park displays an untouched nature that has mostly vanished from the lower 48 states. (p. 100) Corporate interests have proposed a massive mining operation to unearth the rich deposits of gold, copper, and molybdenum under the land in this region. (p. 150) "We love our fish," says Ina Bouker, a Yupik and teacher from Dillingham who opposes the mine. "The salmon always run. But if their habitat is destroyed, they will not come back." (p. 144)
The eerily majestic northern lights, or aurora borealis, blaze above Twelvemile Summit on the Steese Highway. (p. 76) Commercial fishermen pull in a drift gill net at dusk on Bristol Bay. In an average year more than 40 million salmon travel through the bay to their spawning grounds. (p. 122) Although brown bears are normally solitary creatures, they congregate at places like Brooks Falls in the summer to catch and eat spawning salmon. (p. 127) A male salmon rests on his long voyage back to the waters of his birth. These migrating salmon die shortly after breeding. (p. 129)

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“…stunning photographs of [Alaska’s] landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, flora, and fishing-based human way of life.” –Book News --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426207700
  • ASIN: B0091XHC1C
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Howell Jr. on April 11, 2011
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As someone who's lived in Alaska for almost seven years, I'm always interested in how this amazing place is portrayed to people who don't live here, AKA the folks "Outside". Thanks to reality TV's discovery of Alaska, many more people seem to be interested in our state, but I worry that they are getting a pretty distorted image of what it means to live here on The Fast Frontier.

HIDDEN ALASKA does a wonderful job of correcting those distortions and presenting an accurate and lovely view of what it's like to live up here. Since the book is produced by National Geographic, you would expect the photos of Michael Melford to be exquisite and they are. What might surprise you is how outstanding the prose is that accompany the spectacular photos. The author, Dave Atcheson has spent many years in Alaska and the depth of his experience in and love for Alaska comes through in every word. It's what makes this book such an effective counterpoint to so much that you might see on "reality" TV.

If you're interested in a beautiful pictorial record of Alaska, along with sparkling prose, this book is for you.
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The pictures in this book are truly beautiful. Mr. Atcheson's descriptions and narrations clearly enhance the breathtaking photographs. David clearly loves Alaska and it comes across vividly in his writing.
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Absolutely stunning photos of Alaska's landscape and snapshots of Alaskan culture. I'm trying to learn all that I can about Alaskan Native culture and this book is a terrific reference. The only caution I'd add is that there is a clear pro-fishing and conservation bias, which the authors acknowledge in the introduction. You can't help but fall in love with Bristol Bay (and want to protect it) after flipping through this book.
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Each image is perfectly composed and well reproduced in this art book. I've had my images published in national geo books as well and this is everything we have come to expect from this publisher and more.
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