Frommer's Alaska 2009 (Frommer's Complete) by Charles P. Wohlforth

By Charles P. Wohlforth

America’s number one bestselling go back and forth sequence Written by means of greater than one hundred seventy five outspoken tourists worldwide, Frommer’s whole publications aid tourists event locations the way in which locals do. extra each year up-to-date publications than the other sequence 16-page colour part and foldout map in all annual courses Outspoken reviews, unique costs, and urged itineraries Dozens of exact maps in an easy-to-read, two-color layout

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The Athabascans, the Interior’s first people, still subsist on this sparse land in tiny villages and river fish camps. THE ARCTIC Technically, the Arctic is anything north of the Arctic Circle, the line at 66° 33' latitude, north of which the sun fails to set at least one night a year. In practice, Alaskans define the region more by the ecosystem of treeless permafrost and sea ice and the Eskimo people and wildlife who live there. The tiny communities here are reached 21 only by air; Nome and Barrow are relatively accessible to visitors.

Although few and far between, tractor tracks remain clearly delineated for decades after they’re made, appearing as narrow, parallel ponds reaching from one horizon to the other. The meat of prehistoric mastodons, still intact, has been unearthed from the frozen ground. On the Arctic Coast, the sea eroded ground near Barrow that contained ancient ancestors of the Eskimos who still 25 inhabit the same neighborhood. In 1982, a family was found that apparently had been crushed by sea ice up to 500 years ago.

Here are some notable examples of fiction and nonfiction books, film, and TV of potential interest to visitors. qxp 34 10/23/08 3:10 PM Page 34 CHAPTER 2 . ALASKA IN DEPTH An Alaska Glossary If Alaska feels like a different country from the rest of the United States, one reason may be the odd local usage that makes English slightly different here—different enough, in fact, that the Associated Press publishes a separate style-book dictionary just for Alaska. Here are some Alaskan words you may run into: breakup When God set up the seasons in Alaska, he forgot one: spring.

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