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The Arctic Snow (A Teacher’s Guide)

Distributed for University of Alaska Press


The Arctic Snow (A Teacher’s Guide)

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.

80 pages | full color photos, 41 line drawings | 8 1/2 x 11 | © 2009

Earth Sciences: General Earth Sciences

Language and Linguistics: Anthropological/Sociological Aspects of Language

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Table of Contents

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Snow and Life
   Barrow, Alaska
   The Snow Calendar
   Snow Is a Quilt
   Snow and Lemmings
   Snow and Caribou
   Snow and Shrubs

Snow Crystals
   Condensation Nuclei
   Diamond Dust
   Capped Columns
   Water Molecules

Changing Snow
   October Snow
   Snow Metamorphism
   Three Metamorphic Forces

   Snow Saltation

Temperature Gradients
   Vapor Sublimation and Condensation
   Depth Hoar Crystals
   Playing on Depth Hoar
   Observing Depth Hoar

   Melt Clusters
   Percolation Columns

Snow and People
   Snow Knives
   Snow Houses
   Snow and Disappearing Sea Ice
   Apun Is Life

Iñupiaq Glossary

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