Back in 1947, the Office of Naval Research in the Department of the Navy began an ambitious 20-volume reference work on the northern Arctic and subarctic regions. Four years later, the Navy withdrew its support after 3 or 4 million words had been written. The editor of this tremendous undertaking was the Canadian Arctic explorer and director of Polar Studies at Dartmouth College, Vilhjalmur Stefansson. Recently, the Dartmouth College Library digitized materials from this compendium, and they are now available on this site. Here visitors will find the "Table of Contents", which allows them to delve into subtopics like "Physiography of Alaska", "Physics of Ground Frost", and dozens of other related topics. The documents here are the original typewritten pages, and visitors can browse around at their leisure.


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