A Complete Guide to Arctic Wildlife

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Christopher Helm, 2006 - Animals - 464 pages
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The Arctic Circle contains some of the most spectacular places on earth,including rivers of ice, taiga forests, bleak tundras, and vast regionsof pack ice. Despite its harsh climate, the Arctic is home to asurprisingly rich fauna, ranging from tiny insects and crustaceansto a wealth of birds such as Ptarmigan, Snowy Owl, Gyrfalcon and a hostof breeding waders, and from a diverse assemblage of small mammals likevoles and hares to giants such as Walrus, Narwhal and Bowhead Whale.

The Complete Guide to Arctic Wildlife is the first comprehensive biography of this region. Illustrated throughout with the amazing photography ofauthor Richard Sale and polar expert Per Michelson, it containsin-depth sections on the geology and geography of the area, climate,ecology, species diversity and biogeography, a review of the peoples ofthe Arctic, and a discussion of the impact of human activity on thisfragile environment. The rest of the book contains a detailed field guide coveringthe birds and mammals of the region, with sections on identification,confusion species, diet, breeding biology, taxonomy and distribution,illustrated with range maps and glorious photography. This breathtakingbook will enchant everyone who loves wild places, and will be avaluable resource for anyone interested in the polar north.

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Contents

Acknowledgements
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The Arctic climate
19
Arctic habitats
30
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About the author (2006)

Richard Sale is an ornithologist and photographer with great experience

of the fauna and peoples of the polar regions. His previous books

include To the Ends of the Earth: Polar Exploration(Collins) and The Gyrfalcon (T & AD Poyser).

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