Two books of note have arrived in the Government Documents collection this month that will be of particular interest to students of environmental science and anthropology.
Smithsonian at the Poles: Contributions to International Polar Year Science (GIL Call No. SI 1.2:P 75) compiles the proceedings of the eponymous Smithsonian Institution symposium of 2007. Included are more than thirty articles on such topics as Polar Astronomy, Environmental Change, Under-Ice Research, and Polar Biology. Well-illustrated and thoroughly cited, Smithsonian at the Poles is a fascinating research about a complex and not well understood region.
Preview a PDF version of this book at the Smithsonian Institution Web site.
Chasing the Dark: Perspectives on Place, History and Alaska Native Land Claims (GIL Call No. I 20.2:H 62/3/PT.1) is a beautiful anthology compiled in part as an effort to make the research conducted under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, "accessible to everyday readers (as opposed to just research professionals or academicians)," writes editor Kenneth L. Pratt. The result is an exceptionally readable anthology filled with photographs, maps, illustrations, and native language glossaries. Chasing the Dark is a remarkable work.