Dinosaurs Under The Aurora

Hardcover | July 10, 2012

byRoland A. Gangloff

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In 1961, while mapping rock exposures along the Colville River in Alaska, an oil company geologist would unknowingly find the evidence for a startling discovery. Long before the North Slope of Alaska was being exploited for its petroleum resources it was a place where dinosaurs roamed. Dinosaurs under the Aurora immerses readers in the challenges, stark beauty, and hard-earned rewards of conducting paleontological field work in the Arctic. Roland A. Gangloff recounts the significant discoveries of field and museum research on Arctic dinosaurs, most notably of the last 25 years when the remarkable record of dinosaurs from Alaska was compiled. This research has changed the way we think about dinosaurs and their world. Examining long-standing controversies, such as the end-Cretaceous extinction of dinosaurs and whether dinosaurs were residents or just seasonal visitors to polar latitudes, Gangloff takes readers on a delightful and instructive journey into the world of paleontology as it is conducted in the land under the aurora.

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In 1961, while mapping rock exposures along the Colville River in Alaska, an oil company geologist would unknowingly find the evidence for a startling discovery. Long before the North Slope of Alaska was being exploited for its petroleum resources it was a place where dinosaurs roamed. Dinosaurs under the Aurora immerses readers in the...

Roland A. Gangloff is Emeritus Associate Professor of Geology and Geophysics and former Curator of Earth Science at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. He is presently a Visiting Scholar at the University of California Museum of Paleontology.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.8 inPublished:July 10, 2012Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253000807

ISBN - 13:9780253000804

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1. The Arctic Setting
2. Tracks Lead the Way: Circumarctic Discoveries from Svalbard to Chukotka
3. A Black Gold Rush Sets the Stage for Discovery in Alaska
4. Peregrines, Permafrost, and Bonebeds: Digging Dinosaurs on the Colville River
5. Texas, Teachers, and Chinooks: Taking Field Work to a New Level
6. The Arctic during the Cretaceous: The Western Interior Seaway
7. Cretaceous Dinosaur Pathways in the Paleo-Arctic and along the Western Interior Seaway
8. Applying New Technologies to the Ancient Past
9. Natural Resources, Climate Change, and Arctic Dinosaurs
10. Future Expansion of the Arctic Dinosaur Record
Notes
Glossary
Literature Cited
Index

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"Whether it is the logistics of conducting fieldwork in tune with the life cycle of the peregrine falcons on the Colville River, extracting bones from the permafrost, dealing with Arctic mosquitoes, or envisioning the high Arctic world during the Cretaceous, Gangloff takes you there as only a true field paleontologist can. His vivid narrative brings this research to life." -Jim Kirkland, State Paleontologist of Utah