7PM Wednesday, November 16
The Southern Ocean: An Illustrated Lecture by Steven B. Young
Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury
The Southern Ocean lies to the south of all continents except Antarctica. It stretches in a continuous band around the world in high southern latitudes. Its strong currents isolate Antarctica from the rest of the world, and they have an enormous effect on climate, past and present. The Southern Ocean and its islands provide a unique habitat for whales, penguins, and a host of other creatures.
Paleoecologist Steven Young will talk about his visits to many Antarctic seas and lands, including Elephant Island, which featured prominently in Shackleton’s adventures. The lecture will be illustrated with many color slides, including some of birds and beasts with which you may not be familiar!
Eastern Alpine Guide: Natural History and Conservation of Mountain Tundra East of the Rockies
M.T. Jones & L.L. Willey, Editors.
New Salem, MA: Beyond Ktaadn & Boghaunter Books, 2012.
xx + 348p, illustrated, paperback. ISBN 978-0-9883535-1-0. $34.95
Reviewed by Steven B. Young
Hikers on the northern end of the Appalachian Trail know that it reaches above timberline, into the Alpine Zone, in a few places such as the Presidential Range and Mount Katahdin. These tundra areas are similar to the true Arctic that lies a thousand miles to the north, and they have unique ecosystems that reflect this. What is less well known is that there are many more, and more extensive, alpine areas not so far north of New England, and they often harbor some of the iconic wildlife of the Arctic, such as ptarmigan, arctic hares, and the more widespread caribou.
Mike Jones, Liz Willey and several of their colleagues have spent the past decade in a labor of love, culminating in the Eastern Alpine Guide. This is a detailed, scholarly, and beautiful introduction to these alpine summits and plateaus. Some of the places they discuss are becoming well known, such as Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland.
Others are seldom visited and remain true wilderness. The authors subscribe to the view that these pristine areas are more likely to be appreciated and preserved if they become better known. The Eastern Alpine Guide is a major contribution toward this goal.
All proceeds from sales of the Eastern Alpine Guide support the nonprofit mission of Beyond Ktaadn. The Eastern Alpine Guide may be purchased online (http://easternalpine.org/eag/guide.html); copies may also be purchased at Center for Circumpolar Studies events.