Mammals J. Kenneth Doutt Return Home
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Arctic winters are almost intolerable to all but the hardiest humans. Native peoples in remote regions still live or die based on their hunting skills, and even as recently as the last century, entire native villages have been lost to starvation. Visitors to the region are constantly amazed that life can continue in such desolate conditions. K Doutt recorded this stark imagery from one expedition’s silent trek across the frozen flatland:

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"“The rhythmic swing of snowshoes crunching on the frozen crust, the silent glide of toboggans loaded with supplies, a line of stalwart Indians trudging slowly on . . .

". . . No trees or other vegetation projected above the snowy blanket, and the landscape appeared to be an unbroken, rolling waste, devoid of life . . ."

Photo: The team works their way across the frozen northland in search of mammal specimens.

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