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Finding the Arctic: History and Culture Along a 2,500-Mile Snowmobile Journey from Alaska to Hudson's Bay


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The history of the Arctic is rich, filled with fascinating and heroic stories of exploration, multicultural interactions, and humans facing nature at its most extreme. In Finding the Arctic, the accomplished arctic researcher Matthew Sturm collects some of the most memorable and moving of these stories and weaves them around his own story of a 2,500-mile snowmobile expedition across arctic Alaska and Canada.
During that trip, Sturm and six companions followed a circuitous route that brought them to many of the most historic spots in the North. They stood in the footsteps of their predecessors, experienced the landscape and the weather, and gained an intimate perspective on notable historical events, all chronicled here by Sturm. Written with humor and pathos, Finding the Arctic is a classic tale of adventure travel. And throughout the book,Sturm, with his thirty-eight years of experience in the North, emerges as an excellent guide for any who wish to understand the Arctic of today and yesterday.   

About the Author

Matthew Sturm is a leader in the Arctic climate change research community and has led over twenty-five expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic. He is the author of Apun: The Arctic Snow, also published by the University of Alaska Press.

Table of Contents



1. Tracks North

    Ballad of the Arctic Science Bandits

    Changes North

2. Rosebud Realities

    Quest’s Older Cousin—The Iditarod

3. Porcupine Hospitality

    Quarantine Island

4. Poignant Passing: The Mad Trapper of Rat River

    Who Was the Mad Trapper of Rat River

5. Big Mac

    Snow and Ice Roads

6. Finding the Douglas Cabin

    Black Lake Ice

    The Shield and the Cordilleran

    Fort Confidence

7. The Northern Cross

8. Kugluktuk


    Sea Ice Going, Going, Gone

9. The Starvation Trail

10. The Diamond Confluence

    The Complex Calculus of Barrenlands Diamond Mining

    The Oldest Rocks in the World

11. Braided Strands: The First Interloper

    Whiteout on Aylmer Lake

    Strange Wooly Attractors

12. Braided Strands: The Last Refugee


Another Arctic Story

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Sturm, Matthew
University of Alaska Press
United States - General
Sports and Fitness-Winter Sports
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193 color plates, 14 maps
10 x 7 in

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Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » Animal Husbandry
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Winter Sports » General

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