8.5 x 11, xii + 233 pages, black & white photos, illustrations, index
"This incredible book should be required in all hotel rooms. Look though the table of contents in any good bookstore and see what I mean."
(Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
"You may never get to Alaska, but you can enjoy Alaska, and these articles, high in a Honolulu condominium or relaxing in front of a crackling fireplace in an Aspen ski lodge." (Scan-a-Book)
Tourists and old-time Alaskans alike have made this much-loved book a bestseller for years. Concise yet detailed answers to the most interesting questions about Alaska and the north can be found in this collection of more than 400 short and engaging articles written by Neil Davis and other experts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. They cover such topics as the northern lights, permafrost, glaciers, northern meteorology, earthquakes, volcanoes, archaeology, Alaskan plants and animals, history, and northern living. Alaska Science Nuggets is a great reference or gift for tourists and residents interested in the phenomenal natural history of the North.
Neil Davis is emeritus professor of geophysics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Auroral studies using rocket, photographic, and television techniques have been the main thrust of his scientific career at the University and with NASA, but he has worked in other fields as well, including seismology and radio communications. In 1976 he began a regular newspaper column illuminating aspects of science for the general public. Collected, Dr. Davis's column became the book Alaska Science Nuggets, and other nonfiction books intended for the general public followed: Energy Alaska, The Aurora Watcher's Handbook, The College Hill Chronicles, and now this book, Permafrost. Davis is also the author of two works of fiction.