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Ever since explorers have ventured north into the harsh lands of the arctic, they have encountered arctic foxes in the unlikeliest of places. The arctic fox is an extraordinary animal. No bigger than a house cat, it can not only survive but also thrive on almost nothing, in the middle of the arctic tundra, a land so hostile it seems incompatible with the existence of life. The tundra is a place of endless days or endless nights, where the temperatures can reach -58 F(-50 C) for weeks at a time, where the terrain is mostly described in terms of ice, ice sheets, pack ice, ice floes, icebergs, ice shelves, landfast ice, frazil ice, grease ice, and glaciers.
Garry Hamilton tells the fascinating story of the arctic fox, from its evolutionary beginnings to its current life in the far north: mating and raising a family, hunting and scavenging, its relationship with the polar bear and other arctic inhabitants, the fur trade, and the never-ending struggle for survival in a fragile and vanishing environment.
Garry Hamilton is a freelance journalist whose articles have appeared in magazines around the world, including Wildlife Conservation, New Scientist, Equinox, Audubon and Canadian Geographic. Norbert Rosing travels frequently to the Arctic to photograph arcticfoxes, polar bears and other inhabitants of the region. He is also adedicated photographer of the National Parks and Nature Preserves ofhis native Germany as well as Africa. He is a frequent contributor tointernational magazines, including National Geographic, and has wonseveral awards for his work. He is the author and photographer of The World of the Polar Bear.
"A very readable and fascinating insight into its life and evolutionary history, complemented by beautiful and captivating colour phographs"
- Biologist (Feb 2009)
"[...] beautifully illustrated with colour photographs of Artic foxes [...] I would recommend this book to anyone who is fascinated by the natural history of the polar regions."
- The Glasgow Naturalist (2009)