The Arctic

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This stunningly beautiful and informative book celebrates the Arctic, one of the last great wildernesses on the planet, a place where animals have survived for thousands of years. Many travel to the Arctic to see the animals, the land mammals, the whales and seals, and the birds. However, the Arctic also has an absorbing human history. The origins of the Inuit in North America and the array of Eurasian northern peoples, from the Sami of Scandinavia to the Yuppik hunters from Asia’s Bering Sea coast, are still debated. The Arctic provides not only an understanding of the formation of the Arctic but the science of snow and ice including the phenomena of aurora and parhelia, and the way in which the area’s wildlife contends with the chilling harshness of its climate. This magnificent area is now under severe threat. Global warming is causing the sea ice to shrink, in both area and volume. This allows easier access to its probable resources and, ironically, this access merely adds to the threats to the area and its wildlife. Richard Sale is a physicist with a PhD in astrophysics who once worked as a glaciologist studying the flow of glacial ice. He has since been exploring the Arctic for 20 years, consistently fascinated by the animals that make their home there. Per Michelsen lives near Stavanger, Norway. He has been a passionate outdoor photo­grapher since the late 1970s working mainly in the Arctic, capturing wildlife, landscapes and cultural history.