Tip Of The Iceberg: My 3,000-Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier

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In 1899, railroad magnate Edward H. Harriman organised a most unusual summer voyage to the wilds of Alaska: He converted a steamship into a luxury 'floating university,' populated by some of America's best and brightest scientists and writers, including the anti-capitalist eco-prophet John Muir.

Those aboard encountered a land of immeasurable beauty and impending environmental calamity. More than a hundred years later, Alaska is still America's most sublime wilderness, both the lure that draws a million tourists annually on Inside Passage cruises and a natural resources larder waiting to be raided.

As ever, it remains a magnet for weirdos and dreamers. Armed with anti-nausea medication and an industrial-strength mosquito net, Mark Adams sets out to retrace the 1899 expedition. Using the state's intricate public ferry system, the Alaska Marine Highway System, he travels three thousand miles, following George W. Elder's itinerary north through Wrangell, Juneau, and Glacier Bay, then continuing west into the colder, stranger regions of the Aleutians and the Arctic Circle. Along the way, he encounters dozens of unusual characters (and a couple of very hungry bears) and investigates how lessons learned in 1899 might relate to Alaska's current struggles in adapting to climate change.
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Weight 0.000000
Author Adams, Mark
Availability IP
Department Travel Writing
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781101985120
Pages 336
Published 28/05/2019
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Section Travel Writing: General
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