Islands of the Arctic

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 25, 2002 - Nature - 280 pages
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The Arctic islands are characterized by beautiful mountains and glaciers, in which the wildlife lives in delicate balance with its environment. It is a fragile region with a long history of exploration and exploitation that is now experiencing rapid environmental change. All of these themes are explored in Islands of the Arctic, a richly illustrated volume 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. Julian Dowdeswell and Michael Hambrey describe the flora and fauna in addition to the human influences on the environment, from the sustainable approach of the Inuit, to the devastating damage inflicted by hunters and issues arising from the presence of military security installations. Finally, they consider the future prospects of the Arctic islands Julian Dowdeswell is Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute and Professor of Physical Geography at 0he University of Cambridge. He received the Polar Medal from Queen Elizabeth for his contributions to the study of glacier geophysics and the Gill Memorial Award from the Royal Geographical Society. He is chair of the Publications Committee of the International Glaciological Society and head of the Glaciers and Ice Sheets Division of the International Commission for Snow and Ice. Michael Hambrey is Director of the Centre for Glaciology at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. A past recipient of the Polar Medal, he was also given the Earth Science Editors' Outstanding Publication Award for Glaciers (Cambridge University Press). Hambrey is also the author of Glacial Environments (British Columbia, 1994).
 

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Contents

the geography of the Arctic islands
1
Evolution of the Arctic islands
31
Weather climate and atmospheric effects
55
Glaciers and ice sheets
83
Icebergs and sea ice
115
Frost action
143
Arctic coasts rivers and lakes
165
Animals and plants
193
Indigenous peoples exploration and environmental impacts
229
the future of the Arctic islands
261
Suggested farther reading
269
Geographical index
270
Subject index
274
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Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute and Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Cambridge

Director of the Centre for Glaciology and Professor of Glaciology at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth

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