Encyclopedia of the ArcticBook - 2005
& Francis Publishing
With detailed essays on the Arctic's environment, wildlife, climate, history, exploration, resources, economics, politics, indigenous cultures and languages, conservation initiatives and more, this Encyclopedia is the only major work and comprehensive reference on this vast, complex, changing, and increasingly important part of the globe. Including 305 maps.
This Encyclopedia is not only an up-to-date interdisciplinary work of reference for all those involved in teaching or researching Arctic issues, but a fascinating and comprehensive resource for residents of the Arctic, and all those concerned with global environmental issues, sustainability, science, and human interactions with the environment.
Editor Nuttall (anthropology, U. of Alberta, Canada) has marshalled the efforts of several hundred contributors from 20 countries to present some 1,200 multidisciplinary entries. The encyclopedia is ambitious in scope, and coverage includes various aspects of wildlife, history, politics, economics, languages, peoples, and national parks--to name but a few of the categories appearing in the thematic listing. Roughly, the Arctic is the vast area occupying the northern end of the earth; but for various purposes, the disciplines differ in their definitions, and the Encyclopedia makes no attempt to narrow this multiplicity of views. Entries are generally several pages in length (biographies tend to be briefer). Arrangement is alphabetical, and entries are signed and include cross references and further reading. A few b&w illustrations and maps support the text. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)