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Three Books on Barrow

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

Barrow, the northernmost community in the United States, is located on the Chukchi Sea coast, 10 miles south of Point Barrow, from which it takes its name. It lies 725 air miles from Anchorage. The community lies at approximately 71.290560° North Latitude and -156.788610° West Longitude. (Sec. 06, T022N, R018W, Umiat Meridian.) Barrow is located in the Barrow Recording District. The area encompasses 18.4 sq. miles of land and 2.9 sq. miles of water. The climate of Barrow is arctic. Annual precipitation is light, averaging 5 inches, and annual snowfall is 20 inches. Temperatures range from -56 to 78 °F, with an average temperature of 40 °F during summer. The sun does not set between May 10th and August 2nd each summer and does not rise between Nov. 18th and January 24th each winter. The daily minimum temperature is below freezing 324 days of the year. Prevailing winds are easterly and average 12 mph. The Chukchi Sea is typically ice-free from mid-June through October.

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

Freedman, Lew. 2008. Thunder on the tundra: football above the Arctic Circle. Anchorage: Alaska Northwest Books.

University of Alaska, Fairbanks, United States, and Stephen R. Braund & Associates. 1993. North Slope subsistence study, Barrow, 1987, 1988 and 1989: final technical report. Anchorage, Alaska: Stephen R. Braund & Associates.

International Polar Expedition to Point Barrow, Alaska, P. H. Ray, John Murdoch, Charles V. Riley, Asa Gray, William Healey Dall, and Charles A. Schott. 1885. Report of the International polar expedition to Point Barrow, Alaska, in response to the resolution of the [U.S.] House of representatives of December 11, 1884. Washington: Govt. Print. Off.

Join us next week as our trek through WorldCat takes us to Bear Creek.

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