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Three Books on Ambler

This week our “Three Books on …” series takes us to the community of Ambler. Here is a description of Ambler’s location and climate from the Alaska Communities Database:

Ambler is located on the north bank of the Kobuk River, near the confluence of the Ambler and the Kobuk Rivers. It lies 45 miles north of the Arctic Circle. It is 138 miles northeast of Kotzebue, 30 miles northwest of Kobuk, and 30 miles downriver from Shungnak. The community lies at approximately 67.086110° North Latitude and -157.851390° West Longitude. (Sec. 31, T020N, R005E, Kateel River Meridian.) Ambler is located in the Kotzebue Recording District. The area encompasses 9.5 sq. miles of land and 1.3 sq. miles of water. Ambler is located in the continental climate zone. Temperatures average -10 to 15 °F during the winter and 40 to 65 °F during the summer. Temperature extremes have been recorded from -65 to 92 °F. Snowfall averages 80 inches, and precipitation averages 16 inches total per year. The Kobuk River is navigable from early July to mid-October.

Looking through WorldCat, we find these three books with Ambler as a subject, among others:

Jans, Nick. 1996. A place beyond: finding home in Arctic Alaska. Anchorage: Alaska Northwest Books.

Newell, Mark, Bob Knoll, and Calvin L. Kerr. 1980. Shungnak, Kiana and Ambler reconnaissance study of energy alternaives: preliminary report. Anchorage, Alaska (1551 East Tudor Rd., Anchorage 99507): Wind Systems Engineering.

Anderson, Eskil. 1945. Asbestos and jade occurrences in the Kobuk River region, Alaska. Juneau: Territory of Alaska, Dept. of Mines. Believe it or not, this 1945 report is available online, courtesy of the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys.

Join us next week as our trek through WorldCat takes us to Anaktuvuk Pass.

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