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A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic [Paperback]

E. C. Pielou
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Book Description

Jan. 1 1995
This book is a practical, portable guide to all of the Arctic's natural history—sky, atmosphere, terrain, ice, the sea, plants, birds, mammals, fish, and insects—for those who will experience the Arctic firsthand and for armchair travelers who would just as soon read about its splendors and surprises. It is packed with answers to naturalists' questions and with questions—some of them answered—that naturalists may not even have thought of.

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Pielou (After the Ice Age, LJ 3/1/91) again focuses on the far North in this guide to the natural history of the Arctic. While broader in scope than Bryan Sage's Arctic and Its Wildlife (LJ 4/1/87), her book is not as easy to read and lacks photography. Pielou sets the stage with opening chapters on the sky, climate, sea, and earth formations. The remaining chapters cover plants, birds, mammals, fish, and insects. A map in the plant section codes the locations for all the life forms, while charts and line drawings by the author have sufficient detail to help the reader recognize the physical formation or life form. Pielou intends this guide to be taken into the field, and the book's arrangement encourages that use. Generally recommended for libraries in Canada and Alaska and where the Arctic is of interest.
Jean E. Crampon, Hancock Biology & Oceanography Lib., Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated, elegantly written May 20 2000
Format:Paperback
This book is a "must have" for the advanced undergraduate, beginning grad student, or serious amateur naturalist interested in the North. While a combination of other books may be more comprehensive, if I had to trek north to the Yukon, this is what I would throw in my backpack. Pielou's knowledge and love of the high latitudes bursts through every page, and the pen and ink illustrations convey a real sense of both fauna and flora.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a book to be read again and again May 21 2001
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I have backpacked on the arctic plain on numerous occasions. Having this book along helps one appreciate the beauty and inter-related nature of the terrain. This is a book to be read more than once; read it on the flight to Alaska. Reading about how the insects torment the caribou makes one appreciate that one has repellants along, and a tent to be inside of. Of the various guides I have been with, this is almost a standard reference book to have with them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arctic Ecotour guide's life-line May 22 2003
Format:Paperback
I worked for four years in a remote, eco-lodge and used to carry at least five books for the guest who wanted to know everything. When I found this book, it remidied the necessity to carry so many books. This book covers enough topics to be useful in almost every situation. It is well written and clear. This book was my life-line and I recommend it to everyone who is travelling north of the tree-line.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very easy read Feb. 10 2013
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I would recommend this book to anyone either taking a course in Arctic geography at university or planning to travel there. It is written in simple English and it covers a lot of ground by avoiding complex detail about each and every thing. Instead, just the basic principles are laid out with diagrams. I wish the diagrams were a bit easier to grasp. It takes a bit of referencing back and forth to get the idea behind them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic April 19 2012
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A thorough coverage written in very understandable language. There are some thoughtful Keys to plant identification that are simple and clear. There's a very real sense of how the ecological systems of plants, birds and mammals are interlocked and self-supporting.
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