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Arctic Dreams
by Barry H. Lopez

Language

English

Pages

496

Publication Date

June 25, 2013

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<b>This <i>New York Times</i>–bestselling exploration of the Arctic, a National Book Award winner, is “one of the finest books ever written about the far North” (<i>Publishers Weekly</i>). </b><br />  <br /> “The nation’s premier nature writer” travels to a landscape at once barren and beautiful, perilous and alluring, austere yet teeming with vibrant life, and shot through with human history (<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i>). The Arctic has for centuries been a destination for the most ambitious explorers—a place of dreams, fears, and awe-inspiring spectacle. This “dazzling” account by the author of <i>Of Wolves and Men</i> takes readers on a breathtaking journey into the heart of one of the world’s last frontiers (<i>The</i><i> New York Times</i>).<br />  <br /> Based on Barry Lopez’s years spent traveling the Arctic regions in the company of Eskimo hunting parties and scientific expeditions alike, <i>Arctic Dreams </i>investigates the unique terrain of the human mind, thrown into relief against the vastness of the tundra and the frozen ocean. Eye-opening and profoundly moving, it is a magnificent appreciation of how wilderness challenges and inspires us.<br />  <br /> Renowned environmentalist and author of <i>Desert Solitaire</i> Edward Abbey has called <i>Arctic Dreams</i> “a splendid book . . . by a man who is both a first-rate writer and an uncompromising defender of the wild country and its native inhabitants”—and the<i> New Yorker </i>hails it as a “landmark” work of travel writing. A vivid, thoughtful, and atmospheric read, it has earned multiple prizes, including the National Book Award, the Christopher Medal, the Oregon Book Award, and a nomination for the National Book Critics Circle Award.<br />  <br /><i>This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barry Lopez including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.</i><br />  
The Sun Is a Compass: A 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds
by Caroline Van Hemert

Language

English

Pages

321

Publication Date

March 19, 2019

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<b>For fans of Cheryl Strayed, the gripping story of a biologist's human-powered journey from the Pacific Northwest to the Arctic to rediscover her love of birds, nature, and adventure.</b><br />During graduate school, as she conducted experiments on the peculiarly misshapen beaks of chickadees, ornithologist Caroline Van Hemert began to feel stifled in the isolated, sterile environment of the lab. Worried that she was losing her passion for the scientific research she once loved, she was compelled to experience wildness again, to be guided by the sounds of birds and to follow the trails of animals.<br />In March of 2012, she and her husband set off on a 4,000-mile wilderness journey from the Pacific rainforest to the Alaskan Arctic, traveling by rowboat, ski, foot, raft, and canoe. Together, they survived harrowing dangers while also experiencing incredible moments of joy and grace -- migrating birds silhouetted against the moon, the steamy breath of caribou, and the bond that comes from sharing such experiences.<br />A unique blend of science, adventure, and personal narrative, <i>The Sun is a Compass</i> explores the bounds of the physical body and the tenuousness of life in the company of the creatures who make their homes in the wildest places left in North America. Inspiring and beautifully written, this love letter to nature is a lyrical testament to the resilience of the human spirit.<br /><b>Winner of the 2019 Banff Mountain Book Competition: Adventure Travel</b>
A Polar Affair: Antarctica's Forgotten Hero and the Secret Love L...
by Lloyd Spencer Davis

Language

English

Pages

358

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<p><strong>A captivating blend of true adventure and natural history by one of today’s leading penguin experts and Antarctic explorers.</strong></p><br /><p>George Murray Levick was the physician on Robert Falcon Scott’s tragic Antarctic expedition of 1910. Marooned for an Antarctic winter, Levick passed the time by becoming the first man to study penguins up close. His findings were so shocking to Victorian morals that they were quickly suppressed and seemingly lost to history.</p><br /><p>A century later, Lloyd Spencer Davis rediscovers Levick and his findings during the course of his own scientific adventures in Antarctica. Levick’s long-suppressed manuscript reveals not only an incredible survival story, but one that will change our understanding of an entire species.</p><br /><p><em>A Polar Affair</em> reveals the last untold tale from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. It is perhaps the greatest of all of those stories—but why was it hidden to begin with? The ever-fascinating and charming penguin holds the key. Moving deftly between both Levick’s and Davis’s explorations, observations, and comparisons in biology over the course of a century, <em>A Polar Affair</em> reveals cutting-edge findings about ornithology, in which the sex lives of penguins are the jumping-off point for major new insights into the underpinnings of evolutionary biology itself.</p>
On Call in the Arctic: A Doctor's Pursuit of Life, Love, and Mira...
by Thomas J. Sims

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

September 04, 2018

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<p><strong>An extraordinary memoir recounting the adventures of a young doctor stationed in the Alaskan bush.</strong></p><br /><p>The fish-out-of-water stories of <em>Northern Exposure</em> and <em>Doc Martin</em> meet the rough-and-rugged setting of The Discovery Channel’s <em>Alaskan Bush People</em> in Thomas J. Sims’s <em>On Call in the Arctic</em>, where the author relates his incredible experience saving lives in one of the most remote outposts in North America.</p><br /><p>Imagine a young doctor, trained in the latest medical knowledge and state-of-the-art equipment, suddenly transported back to one of the world’s most isolated and unforgiving environments—Nome, Alaska. Dr. Sims’ plans to become a pediatric surgeon drastically changed when, on the eve of being drafted into the Army to serve as a M.A.S.H. surgeon in Vietnam, he was offered a commission in the U.S. Public Health for assignment in Anchorage, Alaska.</p><br /><p>In Anchorage, Dr. Sims was scheduled to act as Chief of Pediatrics at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Life changed, along with his military orders, when he learned he was being transferred from Anchorage to work as the only physician in Nome.  There, he would have the awesome responsibility of rendering medical care under archaic conditions to the population of this frontier town plus thirteen Eskimo villages in the surrounding Norton Sound area. And he would do it alone with little help and support. All the while, he was pegged as both an “outsider” and an employee of the much-derided federal government.</p><br /><p>In order to do his job, Dr. Sims had to overcome racism, cultural prejudices, and hostility from those who would like to see him sent packing. <em>On Call in the Arctic</em> reveals the thrills and the terrors of frontier medicine, where Dr. Sims must rely upon his instincts, improvise, and persevere against all odds in order to help his patients on the icy shores of the Bering Sea. </p>
Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent
by Gabrielle Walker

Language

English

Pages

421

Publication Date

January 15, 2013

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<p>Antarctica is the most alien place on the planet, the only part of the earth where humans could never survive unaided. Out of our fascination with it have come many books, most of which focus on only one aspect of its unique strangeness. None has managed to capture the whole story—until now.<br /><br />Drawing on her broad travels across the continent, in <i>Antarctica </i>Gabrielle Walker weaves all the significant threads of life on the vast ice sheet into an intricate tapestry, illuminating what it really feels like to be there and why it draws so many different kinds of people. With her we witness cutting-edge science experiments, visit the South Pole, lodge with American, Italian, and French researchers, drive snowdozers, drill ice cores, and listen for the message Antarctica is sending us about our future in an age of global warming.<br /><br />This is a thrilling trip to the farthest reaches of earth by one of the best science writers working today.</p>
Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in...
by Blair Braverman

Language

English

Pages

270

Publication Date

July 05, 2016

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<p><strong>A rich and revelatory memoir of a young woman reclaiming her courage in the stark landscapes of the north.</strong></p><p>By the time Blair Braverman was eighteen, she had left her home in California, moved to arctic Norway to learn to drive sled dogs, and found work as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska. Determined to carve out a life as a “tough girl”—a young woman who confronts danger without apology—she slowly developed the strength and resilience the landscape demanded of her. </p><p>By turns funny and sobering, bold and tender, <em>Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube</em> brilliantly recounts Braverman’s adventures in Norway and Alaska. Settling into her new surroundings, Braverman was often terrified that she would lose control of her dog team and crash her sled, or be attacked by a polar bear, or get lost on the tundra. Above all, she worried that, unlike the other, gutsier people alongside her, she wasn’t cut out for life on the frontier. But no matter how out of place she felt, one thing was clear: she was hooked on the North. On the brink of adulthood, Braverman was determined to prove that her fears did not define her—and so she resolved to embrace the wilderness and make it her own. </p><p>Assured, honest, and lyrical, <em>Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube</em> paints a powerful portrait of self-reliance in the face of extraordinary circumstance. Braverman endures physical exhaustion, survives being buried alive in an ice cave, and drives her dogs through a whiteout blizzard to escape crooked police. Through it all, she grapples with love and violence—navigating a grievous relationship with a fellow musher, and adapting to the expectations of her Norwegian neighbors—as she negotiates the complex demands of being a young woman in a man’s land.</p><p>Weaving fast-paced adventure writing and ethnographic journalism with elegantly wrought reflections on identity, <em>Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube</em> captures the triumphs and the perils of Braverman’s journey to self-discovery and independence in a landscape that is as beautiful as it is unforgiving. </p>
Antarctica: A Guide to the Wildlife (Bradt Travel Guides (Wildlif...
by Tony Soper

Language

English

Pages

160

Publication Date

March 21, 2018

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Updated throughout, the 7th edition of Bradt's Antarctica: a Guide to Wildlife is the most practical guide to the flora and fauna available for those 'going south'. Celebrating the amazing and often unique species of this spectacular environment, the title features chapters on the region's famous whales and penguins, and also on lesser known species such as skuas and sheathbills, with full coverage of plumage and identification. Each chapter is accompanied by vibrant illustrations from Dafila Scott to help bring species to life. Tony Soper's immaculate and engaging text remains the indispensible choice for the intrepid wildlife enthusiast.<br />Antarctica's wildlife is under threat. The Southern Ocean is warming and the most obvious effect is on the continental ice shelves. Spectacular retreats and monster carvings from the west coast of the peninsula have been seen in recent decades. Less ice means fewer krill, which depend on the ice-edge for the algae which nourish them. In turn, this will impact on seal and whale numbers. In the case of penguins, while kings and macaronis, for instance, are doing well, the magnificently adapted and truly Antarctic species, Adélies and emperors, are in decline. In the case of emperors, maybe by as much as 50%.<br />Bradt's Antarctica not only helps you to identify and understand species and habitats, it also explains the issues faced by this extraordinary continent, regarded by many as one of the most precious places on the planet.
True North: Travels in Arctic Europe
by Gavin Francis

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

July 01, 2011

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<b>A journey through the far north from the Shetland Islands to Greenland and beyond: “A wonder-voyage . . . often beautiful” (Robert Macfarlane, author of <i>Underland</i>).</b><br /><br /> The stark, vast beauty of the remote landscape of Arctic Europe has been the focus of human exploration for thousands of years. In this striking blend of travel writing, history, and mythology, Gavin Francis offers a unique portrait of the northern fringes of Europe. His journey begins in the Shetland Islands, takes him to the Faroes, Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard, and Lapland.<br />  <br /> Following in the footsteps of the area's early pioneers, the author observes how the region has adapted to the twenty-first century, offering insight into the lives of people he encounters along the way. As with all the best travel writing, <i>True North</i> is an engaging, compassionate tale of self-discovery, blending historical and contemporary narratives.<br />  <br /> “His nuanced, often witty, observations of the people and places he encounters mean <i>True North</i> really gets under the skin of Europe’s magical north.” —<i>Sunday Herald</i><br />  <br /> “An evocative writer.” —<i>Booklist </i>on <i>Empire Antarctica</i>
Facing the Frozen Ocean: One Man's Dream to Lead a Team Across th...
by Bear Grylls

Language

English

Pages

338

Publication Date

June 06, 2013

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<p><b>'An epic story of hardship, friendship and faith.' <i>Daily Telegraph </i></b></p><p>Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, this is the compelling account of the most recent adventure of the bestselling author of <i>Facing Up</i>.</p><p> It started out as a carefully calculated attempt to complete the first unassisted crossing of the frozen north Atlantic in an open rigid inflatable boat, but it became a terrifying battle against storm-force winds, crashing waves and icebergs as large as cathedrals. Starting from the remote north Canadian coastline, Bear Grylls and his crew crossed the infamous Labrador Sea, pushed on through ice-strewn waters to Greenland and then found themselves isolated in a perfect storm 400 miles from Iceland.</p><p> Compelling, vivid and inspirational, <i>Facing the Frozen Ocean</i> will appeal to all Bear Grylls' many readers and win him many more.</p>
Lonely Planet Panama (Travel Guide)
by , Regis St Louis

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

July 01, 2019

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<p><b><i>Lonely Planet</i></b> <b><i>Panama</i> </b>is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sip coconuts on a Caribbean beach; lay eyes on the awe-inspiring Panama Canal; or hike through sublime cloud forests -all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Panama and begin your journey now! </p><p><b>Inside <i>Lonely Planet Panama</i>:</b> </p><ul> <li><b>Colour </b>maps and images throughout </li><li><b>Highlights</b> <b>and itineraries</b> help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests </li><li><b>Insider tips</b> to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots </li><li><b>Essential info</b> <b>at your fingertips</b> - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices </li><li><b>Honest reviews for all budgets</b> - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss </li><li><b>Cultural insights</b> give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - land & wildlife, music, cuisine, arts, politics, history</li><li><b>Covers</b> Panama City, Panama Province, Cocle Province, Peninsula deAzuero, Veraguas Province, Chiriqui Province, Bocas del Toro Province, Colon Province, Comarca de Kuna Yala, Darien Province and more </li></ul><p><b>The Perfect Choice: </b><b><i>Lonely Planet</i></b> <b><i>Panama</i>,</b> our most comprehensive guide to Panama, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.</p><p><b>About Lonely Planet: </b>Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. </p><p><b>eBook Features: </b>(Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) </p><ul> <li><b>Downloadable PDF and offline maps</b> prevent roaming and data charges </li><li><b>Effortlessly navigate </b>and jump between maps and reviews </li><li><b>Add notes</b> to personalise your guidebook experience </li><li><b>Seamlessly flip </b>between pages </li><li><b>Bookmarks and speedy search </b>capabilities get you to key pages in a flash </li><li><b>Embedded links </b>to recommendations' websites </li><li><b>Zoom-in </b>maps and images </li><li><b>Inbuilt dictionary </b>for quick referencing </li></ul><p><b>Important Notice:</b> The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.</p>

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