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Dinosaurs under the Aurora

by Roland A. Gangloff

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PUBLISHED: 10th July 2012
ISBN: 9780253000804
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Takes readers on a delightful and instructive journey into the world of palaeontology as it is conducted in the land under the aurora
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  • Hardcover
    $64.40
PUBLISHED: 10th July 2012
ISBN: 9780253000804
ANNOTATION:
Takes readers on a delightful and instructive journey into the world of palaeontology as it is conducted in the land under the aurora

Annotation

Takes readers on a delightful and instructive journey into the world of palaeontology as it is conducted in the land under the aurora

Publisher Description

In 1961, while mapping rock exposures along the Colville River in Alaska, an oil company geologist would unknowingly find the evidence for a startling discovery. Long before the North Slope of Alaska was being exploited for its petroleum resources it was a place where dinosaurs roamed. Dinosaurs under the Aurora immerses readers in the challenges, stark beauty, and hard-earned rewards of conducting paleontological field work in the Arctic. Roland A. Gangloff recounts the significant discoveries of field and museum research on Arctic dinosaurs, most notably of the last 25 years when the remarkable record of dinosaurs from Alaska was compiled. This research has changed the way we think about dinosaurs and their world. Examining long-standing controversies, such as the end-Cretaceous extinction of dinosaurs and whether dinosaurs were residents or just seasonal visitors to polar latitudes, Gangloff takes readers on a delightful and instructive journey into the world of paleontology as it is conducted in the land under the aurora.

Author Biography

Roland A. Gangloff is Emeritus Associate Professor of Geology and Geophysics and former Curator of Earth Science at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. He is presently a Visiting Scholar at the University of California Museum of Paleontology.

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments

  1. The Arctic Setting
  2. Tracks Lead the Way: Circumarctic Discoveries from Svalbard to Chukotka
  3. A Black Gold Rush Sets the Stage for Discovery in Alaska
  4. Peregrines, Permafrost, and Bonebeds: Digging Dinosaurs on the Colville River
  5. Texas, Teachers, and Chinooks: Taking Field Work to a New Level
  6. The Arctic during the Cretaceous: The Western Interior Seaway
  7. Cretaceous Dinosaur Pathways in the Paleo-Arctic and along the Western Interior Seaway
  8. Applying New Technologies to the Ancient Past
  9. Natural Resources, Climate Change, and Arctic Dinosaurs
  10. Future Expansion of the Arctic Dinosaur Record Notes Glossary Literature Cited Index

Review

"Whether it is the logistics of conducting fieldwork in tune with the life cycle of the peregrine falcons on the McKenzie River, extracting bones from the permafrost, dealing with Arctic mosquitoes, or envisioning the high Arctic world during the Cretaceous, Gangloff takes you there as only a true field paleontologist can. His vivid narrative brings this research to life." Jim Kirkland, State Paleontologist of Utah "Gangloff makes both modern and ancient Alaska come alive for the armchair palaeontologist far from the madding bugs. He praises volunteers who visited the remote northern site to dig dinosaur bones from a layer of soft rock deposited by an ancient flood... It's a fascinating story, but far from complete. Now retired, Gangloff exhorts the new generation: "Go north young men and women, the field is wide open and there is so much to be discovered." - Jeff Hecht, The New Scientist, June 9th 2012

Product Details

Author
Roland A. Gangloff
Publisher
Indiana University Press
Series
Life of the Past
Year
2012
ISBN-10
0253000807
ISBN-13
9780253000804
Format
Hardcover
Country of Publication
United States
Short Title
DINOSAURS UNDER THE AURORA
Language
English
Media
Book
Pages
192
Publication Date
2012-07-10
Illustrations
9 color illus., 63 b&w illus.
Audience
Professional and Scholarly