Saturday, April 14, 2012

the flowering plants belie its barrenness

"Not infrequently [the Arctic] is described as remote, desolate, barren, and climatically rigorous. Probably none of these adjectives is accurate, and very possibly they are misleading... It is not remote to the Eskimo, the arctic fox, or the ptarmigan; the flowering plants...belie its barrenness and desolation."
[official comments from the Committee on Environmental Studies for Project Chariot, 1961 approximately]

This quote comes from the article "Alaskan Roots of Environmentalism" by Peter Coates. You can read the article in its entirety here.

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