Arctic Eden: Journeys through the Changing High Arctic

Hardcover | May 20, 2015

byJerry Kobalenko

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A stunning celebration of the most beautiful part of the Arctic by its most passionate explorer.

In this intimate portrait, Jerry Kobalenko describes a series of journeys he has taken over the past twenty years around the Canadian High Arctic by foot, skis, kayak, and ship that provides a multifaceted view of this most beautiful and most vulnerable part of the Arctic. Combining natural history, exploration, and personal experiences gathered during twenty years of Arctic travel, the book explores the ice caps and glaciers of Ellesmere Island; introduces us to Axel Heiberg's magical fossil forest of cypress trees and its population of endangered Peary caribou; follows the author's seven-hundred-kilometre journey on skis from Devon Island to Alexandra Fiord, punctuated by near-fatal encounters with polar bears; and comments on changes in climate he has witnessed throughout the High Arctic. The book also showcases Kobalenko's magnificent photographs of the region, capturing wildlife such as walrus, muskoxen, and Arctic wolves and stunning geographical features from towering icebergs to virgin snowscapes under a sky of wild lenticular clouds.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.

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A stunning celebration of the most beautiful part of the Arctic by its most passionate explorer.In this intimate portrait, Jerry Kobalenko describes a series of journeys he has taken over the past twenty years around the Canadian High Arctic by foot, skis, kayak, and ship that provides a multifaceted view of this most beautiful and mos...

Jerry Kobalenko’s words and images have been published in hundreds of publications around the world, including National Geographic, Outside, Condé Nast, BBC Wildlife, and Time. He is the author of The Horizontal Everest, which won the Best Adventure Travel Book in 2002 at the Banff Mountain Book Festival. He lives in Canmore, Alberta.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 10.8 × 11.38 × 1 inPublished:May 20, 2015Publisher:Greystone Books Ltd.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1553654420

ISBN - 13:9781553654421

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Table of Contents

Table of ContentsIntroductionChapter 1: Love at First SightChapter 2: Everlasting IcesChapter 3: A Good Climate for LoafingChapter 4: Edge of the Polar SeaChapter 5: National Park BluesChapter 6: Travels on a Legless DonkeyChapter 7: The Hardest TestEpilogue

Editorial Reviews

“An instant classic”—Tim Cahill, author of Jaguars Ripped My Flesh  “One of the best photographic narratives on high adventure in the Arctic ever produced.”—Pat Morrow, adventure photographer/filmmaker  “Every page of this beautiful book resonates with Jerry Kobalenko’s deep knowledge and love of the Arctic. His evocative images and clear, candid prose bring to life its landscapes, its natural history, and the early explorers who went before him.”—Maria Coffey, author of Explorers of the Infinite  “As writing, Arctic Eden begs comparison with Barry Lopez’s Arctic Dreams . . .Then there are the photos, which are the best images of the High Arctic I’ve ever seen.”—Lawrence Millman, author of Last Places  “Jerry Kobalenko is that rare thing, an adventurous traveler with a brain and a good eye, whose curiosity and passion lead him into forgotten corners of history and nature from where he returns, laden with treasure.”—Ed Douglas, author of Tenzing: Hero of Everest “This explorer’s soul is shared through the eye ofhis camera no less than through his gentle, understated prose.”—Thomas Hornbein, author of Everest: The West Ridge