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A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic Paperback – January 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226668142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226668147
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pielou (After the Ice Age, LJ 3/1/91) again focuses on the far North in this guide to the natural history of the Arctic. While broader in scope than Bryan Sage's Arctic and Its Wildlife (LJ 4/1/87), her book is not as easy to read and lacks photography. Pielou sets the stage with opening chapters on the sky, climate, sea, and earth formations. The remaining chapters cover plants, birds, mammals, fish, and insects. A map in the plant section codes the locations for all the life forms, while charts and line drawings by the author have sufficient detail to help the reader recognize the physical formation or life form. Pielou intends this guide to be taken into the field, and the book's arrangement encourages that use. Generally recommended for libraries in Canada and Alaska and where the Arctic is of interest.
Jean E. Crampon, Hancock Biology & Oceanography Lib., Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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When I read these I feel she is trying to ground you in reality, without being dismissive.
Lisa M. Kucharski
Pielou's knowledge and love of the high latitudes bursts through every page, and the pen and ink illustrations convey a real sense of both fauna and flora.
John Anderson
This book was my life-line and I recommend it to everyone who is travelling north of the tree-line.
An Inuk Qablunaaq

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John Anderson on May 20, 2000
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This book is a "must have" for the advanced undergraduate, beginning grad student, or serious amateur naturalist interested in the North. While a combination of other books may be more comprehensive, if I had to trek north to the Yukon, this is what I would throw in my backpack. Pielou's knowledge and love of the high latitudes bursts through every page, and the pen and ink illustrations convey a real sense of both fauna and flora.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By An Inuk Qablunaaq on May 22, 2003
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I worked for four years in a remote, eco-lodge and used to carry at least five books for the guest who wanted to know everything. When I found this book, it remidied the necessity to carry so many books. This book covers enough topics to be useful in almost every situation. It is well written and clear. This book was my life-line and I recommend it to everyone who is travelling north of the tree-line.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2001
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I have backpacked on the arctic plain on numerous occasions. Having this book along helps one appreciate the beauty and inter-related nature of the terrain. This is a book to be read more than once; read it on the flight to Alaska. Reading about how the insects torment the caribou makes one appreciate that one has repellants along, and a tent to be inside of. Of the various guides I have been with, this is almost a standard reference book to have with them.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Montgomery on August 23, 2007
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This is an informative read, but not very practical for someone visiting the arctic of Europe or Asia. It's just about Canada and Greenland, although nothing in the title or description provides a clue of this. If you are visiting Svalbard,for instance, some of this information applies, but most of the book won't apply. You'll end up leaving the book at home.
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