This book is the first of a planned series that documents the National Parks within an ecological framework. The book starts with detailed ecological descriptions of this zone and the seven sub-regions that make it up. These descriptions, accompanied by detailed maps, focus on the geology, geography, climate, vegetation, wildlife, and human activity found on the Tundra. Then there is a brief overview of the history of the region paying particular attention to the pre-history of native settlement thousands of years ago. Included also is a story, based on our travels, that compares and contrasts four tundra towns that we visited - Anaktuvuk Pass, Kotzebue, Nome and King Salmon. Interspersed are descriptions of the nine National Park units located in this region, including special attention to the four that we visited. The book ends on a more personal note with some reflections on the impact - Impressions - of the Alaskan Tundra on the author. The concluding sections include resources to help others in planning their own trips to the region.
It is a curious mix of history, sociology, geography, ecology, and travel stories all meant to communicate the complexity and beauty of this unique region. Most important, though, are the pictures, taken on our travels which convey, much better than the words, why you would want to visit this unusual part of the country. You will search far and wide for a more comprehensive overview of this region or a more compelling reason to go there.