The changing Arctic landscape.

The changing Arctic landscape. Ken D. Tape.
The changing Arctic landscape.

Anchorage: University of Alaska Press, 2010. Oblong format, dustwrapper, colour photographs.

Though it's generally understood that any landscape changes over time - particularly as the number of people it supports increases - these changes occur over such a span of time that they go more or less unnoticed. With this book, photographer Ken Tape sets changes in the landscape in stark relief, pairing decades-old photographs of the arctic landscape of Alaska with photographs of the same scenes taken in the present. The resulting volume is a stunning reminder of inexorable change; divided into sections on vegetation, permafrost, and glaciers, the images show the startling effects of climate change and human encroachment. In addition, each section presents a short biography of a pioneering scientist who was instrumental in both obtaining the antique photographs and advancing the study of arctic ecosystems, as well as interviews with scientists who have spent decades working in Alaska for the United States Geological Survey.

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