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Dust jacket notes: "In this distinguished and unusual collaboration, a famous arctic explorer and an eminent Danish naturalist present a month-by-month account of life in the Arctic Zone. The Arctic Year introduces in fascinating detail and anecdote the animal and plant life of the Arctic as determined by the climate and geography of a little known section of the world that is now of tremendous strategic importance. The arctic countries form a region which might be described as a continent with its own flora and fauna, similar in both the new and old world, a similarity which is strange when compared to the differences in the animal life of the two hemispheres. The Arctic Zone, from the biological viewpoint, extends south to timber-line. At the extreme north, life of any form is at a minimum. To the south, the plant and animal life is gradually richer. The Arctic Year first presents the remarkable life of the winter residents of the Arctic Zone. The extreme whiteness of arctic birds and animals is usually explained as being an adaptation to the white snow cover, but reasons are given why it may also be for the purposes of body heat regulation. Other peculiarities are discussed in detail with many interesting examples and anecdotes (accumulation of fat, molting sequence, longer fur and thicker plumage, feathered feet, protruding parts become smaller - ears, snouts, tails, bills, etc. - body size increases, living habits change)....This is a source book on the arctic which will be consulted for years, and a book the average reader will find enormously interesting."
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