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The Land Beyond

A Memoir

Geographer Jack Ives moved to Canada in 1954, and soon after he played an instrumental role in the establishment of the McGill Sub-Arctic Research Laboratory in central Labrador-Ungava. This fascinating account of his fifty-plus years living and working in the arctic is simultaneously a light-hearted, winning memoir and a call to action on the issues of environmental awareness and conservation that are inextricably intertwined with life in the north. Mixing personal impressions of key figures of the postwar scientific boom with the intellectual drama of field research, The Land Beyond is a memorable depiction of a life in science.

186 pages | 16 color plates, 52 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2010

Biography and Letters

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Table of Contents

Color Plates




My First Summer at the Lab

1        History of Labrador-Ungava: An Introduction

Founding of the McGill Sub-Arctic Research Laboratory, 1954

2        Knob Lake and the Lab: Summer 1955

Astray Lake, 1955: Our First Canoe Trip

Summing Up: First Summer

3        The Torngat Mountains, 1956-1957

Into the Wilderness

Results: Summer 1956

Winter 1956-1957: Ottawa

Torngat Mountains, 1957

4        The McGill Sub-Arctic Research Lab: Operations, 1957-1960

Indian House Lake (Lac de la Hutte Sauvage), 1958

Helluva Lake, 1958

Fall 1958: An Appraisal

The Lab in 1958-1959

The Lab in 1959-1960

Death on the Koroksoak: Northeast Nouveau Québec, 1960

Transition: 1960-1966

5        The Quest for Northern Knowledge

A Permanent Expedition in the Subarctic


Research Results: 1954-1964

Wider Impacts

Geographical Branch: Ottawa and Baffin Island

Trent University and Peter Adams

Université de Montréal and Jim Gray

Epilogue: Short Biographies





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