The Arctic islands are characterised by beautiful mountains and glaciers, in which the wildlife lives in delicate balance with its environment. It is a region with a long history of exploration and exploitation by humans, now experiencing rapid environmental change. All of these themes are explored in Islands of the Arctic, richly illustrated 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. The flora and fauna are described, and the human impact on this fragile region; from the sustainable approach of the Inuit, to the devastating damage inflicted by hunters and in the cause of military security. Finally, the future prospects of the region are considered. This book will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in remote landscapes.
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
1. Introduction: the geography of the Arctic Islands; 2. Evolution of the Arctic Islands; 3. Weather, climate and atmospheric effects; 4. Glaciers and ice sheets; 5. Icebergs and sea ice; 6. Frost action; 7. Arctic coasts, rivers and lakes; 8. The biotic environment: fauna and flora; 9. Indigenous peoples, exploration and environmental islands.
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