Antarctica and the Arctic Circle [2 volumes]: A Geographic by Andrew Jon Hund PDF

By Andrew Jon Hund

ISBN-10: 1610693922

ISBN-13: 9781610693929

Global warming, a scorching subject between students of geography and technology, has ended in elevated curiosity in learning the earth's polar ice caps, which appear to be melting at an alarming expense. This available, two-volume encyclopedia lays a starting place for knowing worldwide warming and different matters relating to the North and South Poles. nearly 350 alphabetically prepared, basic entries deal with keyword phrases and themes, vital expeditions, significant figures, territorial disputes, and masses more.

Readers will locate details at the explorations of cook dinner, Scott, Amundsen, and Peary; articles on humpback whales, penguins, and polar bears; and reasons of ordinary phenomena just like the Aurora Australis and the polar evening. day trip tourism is roofed, as is weather switch. excellent for top tuition and undergraduate scholars learning geography, social reports, heritage, and earth technology, the encyclopedia will supply a greater figuring out of those distant and unusual lands and their position in trendy world.

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The seasons of Antarctica are the opposite of the Arctic Circle. For example, the winter solstice in Antarctica occurs around June 21 and the summer is around December 21. At 90° south (South Pole) and 90° north (North Pole), these regions have roughly six months of daylight and six months of night. Andrew J. ‰ Unlike the Arctic Circle, Antarctica has no tundra, shrubs, or tree lines. There are a limited but diverse species of fungi, liverworts, lichens, and mosses, all of which have evolved to survive in Antarctica environments, characterized by cold temperatures and limited precipitation.

The bird feathers in menÊs kameikas could be turned in or out depending on the type of weather. The womenÊs kameikas were made out of sea otter and/or seal skin, while childrenÊs kameikas were bird skin caps made from tanned eagle skin. The menÊs and womenÊs parkas went below the knees. The parkas were fitted with a hood and sleeves, which could be cinched tight to prevent water from entering. A kameika took about a year to make and could last for up to two years. The pants that went with the kameikas were also waterproof and were made from the skin of sealsÊ esophagus.

In the Arctic Circle, the summer solstice is around June 21, and the 24 hours of darkness period occurs around December 21 called the winter solstice. The seasons of Antarctica are the opposite of the Arctic Circle. For example, the winter solstice in Antarctica occurs around June 21 and the summer is around December 21. At 90° south (South Pole) and 90° north (North Pole), these regions have roughly six months of daylight and six months of night. Andrew J. ‰ Unlike the Arctic Circle, Antarctica has no tundra, shrubs, or tree lines.

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