The Sun Is A Compass

The Sun Is A Compass

A 4,000-mile Journey Into the Alaskan Wilds

Book - 2019
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Publisher: New York : Little, Brown Spark, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316414425
0316414425
Branch Call Number: 979.805 VAN
Characteristics: vii, 308 pages : colour illustrations, map

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JessicaGma Mar 10, 2020

This was a really interesting read about this couples' trek across Alaska. Caroline was lost in grad school and both her and her husband are local to Alaska (if I recall correctly) so the idea came about to trek along with home made rowboats. I like reading about places I will likely never travel, but this was a little much. I too echo one of the other commenters about her research on chickadees, was there any results/ideas as to why?

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skykingwa
Aug 27, 2019

Generally a good read. Adventure abounds and it is an amazing journey. I do wish the author had a bit more to say about the Inland Passage, since many of us in Seattle are familiar with it. And her work with chickadees could have used a little more space.... what exactly did they find out about the deformed bills? She shines best when writing about the wildlife and the balance of nature. I would have liked to have a map at the start of each chapter, just to keep track of the journey!

The title of this book reminds me of something I once noticed in some internet comments, which is that there are many people who think that finding north from the position of the sun and the time of day, is a vastly complicated problem in orbital mechanics that even Buzz Aldrin couldn't solve.

Don't they teach general science in junior high ("middle") school any more?

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