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The Canadian North: Issues and Challenges, Fourth Edition, is a comprehensive survey of the unique forces, both human and physical, that have shaped and continue to transform the Arctic region. Robert M. Bone effectively weaves the historic, geographic, economic, political, environmental, and social dimensions of the North to provide students with the most up-to-date research and developments.
Since the previous edition, interest in the opening of the Northwest Passage, access to the wealth of natural resources contained in the region, and increased signs of climate change have become major topics of discussion, both in Parliament and on the world stage. A new chapter examines the geopolitical forces that are each vying for their respective piece of the pie, and the new challenges faced by Northern communities as their once remote home becomes increasingly more accessible. Further, Bone has expanded the discussion on the effects of global warming on the environment and the consequences of climate change on Inuit way of life.
This new edition builds upon the challenge questions, extensive glossary, and robust art program of previous editions and preserves Bone's authoritative and accessible narrative, which has been a key feature of this text.
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Vignettes (NEW)
1: Northern Perceptions
2: The Physical Base
3: The Historical Background
4: Population Change and Its Geographical Expression
5: Resource Development, Megaprojects, and Northern Benefits (combination of former chapters 5 and 6)
6: Environmental Impact of Resource Projects
7: Aboriginal Economy and Societyand the Arctic Ocean
8: Geopolitics, Climate Warming, and the Arctic Ocean (NEW)
9: Looking to the Future
Appendix I: The Method of Calculating Nordicity
Appendix II: Population by Northern Census Divisions
Robert M. Bone is professor emeritus in the Department of Geography at the University of Saskatchewan. An expert on the Arctic and the Canadian North, Bone has published two successful books with OUP Canada: The Canadian North: Issues and Challenges, which is now entering its fourth edition, and Regional Geography of Canada, which was recently published in its fifth edition.