Richly illustrated with superb photographs from the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Greenland, Svalbard and the Russian Arctic.
The Arctic islands are characterised by beautiful mountains and glaciers, in which the wildlife lives in delicate balance with its environment. It is a region with a long history of exploration and exploitation by humans, now experiencing rapid environmental change. All of these themes are explored in Islands of the Arctic, richly illustrated with superb photographs from the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Greenland, Svalbard and the Russian Arctic. It begins with the various processes shaping the landscape: glaciers, rivers and coastal processes, the role of ice in the oceans and the weather and climate. The flora and fauna are described, and the human impact on this fragile region; from the sustainable approach of the Inuit, to the devastating damage inflicted by hunters and in the cause of military security. Finally, the future prospects of the region are considered. This book will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in remote landscapes.
Table of Contents
Introduction: the geography of the Arctic 1 (30)
Evolution of the Arctic islands 31 (24)
Weather, climate and atmospheric effects 55 (28)
Glaciers and ice sheets 83 (32)
Icebergs and sea ice 115 (28)
Frost action 143 (22)
Arctic coasts, rivers and lakes 165 (28)
Animals and plants 193 (36)
Indigenous peoples, exploration and 229 (32)
Postscript: the future of the Arctic islands 261 (8)
Suggested further reading 269 (1)
Geographical index 270 (4)
Subject index 274