The Alaska highway: a geographical discovery
Tom and Carole Huber invite you to share in their journey across the tenuous strip of civilisation known as the Alaska Highway. They provide a detailed account of their travels across the vast forests, pristine lakes, ice-covered mountains, and majestic rivers that make this part of the country special. Built in 1942 for the Allied war effort, the highway was originally for the sole use of the military. Soon, however, the military use of the road was supplanted by tourism, oil and gold development, and logging. The authors, both geographers, discuss the road's history and include special in-depth sections on topics ranging from the aurora borealis to the midnight sun; the boreal forest to the First Nations peoples; and the grizzly bear to the king salmon. Each chapter contains a description of that day's leg of the journey, a detailed discussion of some interesting aspect of the day's route, a personal diary entry, and a detailed travel log pointing out the many cultural and natural phenomena encountered along the route.
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Proposed Alaska Highway Routes 1942
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