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The Arctic Snow

There are some twenty-five words for “snow” in the Inupiaq language. Each word denotes a different kind of snow—fresh powder snow, hard pack, soft snow, very wet snow, or just snow. Such fine distinction is reasonable, for over the centuries, Natives of the Arctic have had to rely on their knowledge of the snow to survive. Now Matthew Sturm has prepared an educational children’s book designed to teach a new generation of Arctic residents the importance of Arctic snow cover. Fully illustrated to demonstrate the cycle of the snow cover, Apun covers each phase of the “snow year.” Geared towards grades 3–4, this is a must read for elementary science classes.

44 pages | 53 line drawings | 8 1/2 x 9 1/4 | © 2009

Earth Sciences: General Earth Sciences

Language and Linguistics: Anthropological/Sociological Aspects of Language

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Table of Contents

Snow and Life

Snow Crystals

Changing Snow
   Temperature Gradient

Snow and People

Inupiaq Glossary


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