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Great reads for all ages Last Days of the Arctic


Ragnar Axelsson, Crymogea, 2011


Ragnar Axelsson has been travelling to the Arctic for almost three decades, drawn by a deep respect for the hunting communities of northern Greenland and Canada. For thousands of years the Inuit have built their communities based upon an understanding of the land and the frozen ocean. In Last Days of the Arctic, Axelsson documents, through nearly 200 images, how the Arctic is warming faster than any other region on earth. His gorgeous photographs, mostly in black and white, show vast glaciers, sleds gliding across ice, and houses mostly buried in snow, but they also depict how the Inuit’s way of life is transforming drastically as a result of climate change.


The Magnetic North Notes from the Arctic Circle Sara Wheeler, D&M Publishers Inc., Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011


Arctic Naturalist: The Life of J. Dewey Soper Anthony Dalton, Dundurn Press, 2010


Dewey Soper first travelled to the Arctic in 1923. During the next seven years he accepted three research postings on Baffin Island, each of which lasted between one and two years. In 1929 he discovered the breeding grounds of the blue goose in the southwest corner of Baffin Island. He also charted the final unknown region of Baffin Island’s coastline. Later in life he worked in the western Arctic and also studied bison in Wood Buffalo National Park, documented bird life on the Prairies, and made a detailed study of small mammals in Alberta. Soper was the last of the great pioneer naturalists in Canada. He was also a skilled and meticulous explorer. As a naturalist, he was a major contributor to the National Museum of Canada, as well as to the University of Alberta and other museums across the country.


In Arctic Naturalist, author and


adventurer Anthony Dalton chronicles Soper’s adventures while investigating the flora and fauna of his natural surroundings, with the bulk of the text highlighting his Arctic explorations. Based on research gleaned from anecdotes from Soper’s family and archival photographs, Dalton provides an engaging read into the life of an ambitious naturalist and researcher.


July/August 2011 AVERY COOPER FINANCIAL CORP


In The Magnetic North, Sara Wheeler travels counter clockwise around the North Pole through the territories belonging to Russia, the United States, Canada, Denmark, Norway, and Finland, marking the transformations of what once seemed an unchangeable landscape. Smashing through the Arctic Ocean with the crew of a Russian icebreaker, shadowing the endless Trans-Alaska Pipeline with a tough Idaho-born outdoorswoman, herding reindeer with the Lapps, and visiting the haunting, deceptively peaceful lands of the Gulag, Wheeler brings the Arctic’s many contradictions to life. The Magnetic North is an urgent, beautiful book, rich in dramatic description and vivid reporting.


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