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2010-03-16 15:03:50
Thanks for the info Sourdough Sam. Anthropologists tells us that Asians crossed that land-bridge thousands of years ago. You just have to compare facial features of the Mongolians and our Inuits to believe it. Some of them, over a period of thousands of years, worked their way down to South America. It's not 100% a sure thing, but that the Anthropologists' theories. We, in North America, were always told that Christopher Columbus discovered America. Canadian archaeologists have uncovered Viking artifacts in Eastern Canada that pre-dates CC. There is a strong possibility that the Chinese travelled to the West Coast of Canada and the US long before Captain Vancouver.
2010-03-16 14:24:28
Alaska. The Bering Peninsula is what remains, on the North American continent, of the Bering land-bridge that long ago connected NA and Asia. The North Slope is that portion of Alaska, in the extreme north and beyond the Brooks Mountain range, that drains into the Arctic Sea.
2010-03-13 19:16:06
North Slope and on the Bering Peninsula....parden my ignorance, is that in Alaska or Siberia? ;-)
2010-03-13 18:25:29
Overnight hiking in the winter is something I have always avoided, however operating per your comments would make a much better experience out of it. The dog mushers are very much aware of this practice. I lived on the North Slope and on the Bering Peninsula for several years, but the winters up there are just too long and severe for me now. I an now living quite aways further south.
2010-03-13 17:14:49
Thanks for the interesting info Sourdough Sam. When you overnight hike in the winter, you dig a big hole and pitch up your tent, then pack snow all around the tent - good insulation.
2010-03-13 17:04:22
This is an actual photo, but I didn't take this one. Before western civilization found them the Inuit built actual igloos, however the last one may have been built in 1922 and has long since melted away. This photo does resemble a structure that most would call an igloo, however the Inuit people refer to any living structure as an igloo irregardless of what it is built from. An original igloo was often a very large structure capable of housing up to 20 people and often several igloos were joined together by tunnel systems. Snow was ideal for building these structures because it was abundant and also because it had excellent insulating properties. It could be surprisingly warm inside of one of these snow structures. However, the Inuit (or Eskimo) people much more often built there homes of sod that was placed over whale bones, but then in the winter they covered these sod homes with snow which provided more insulation and kept them warmer. Unlike this replica Igloo, traditional igloos were built below the actual snow level and this included especially the entrance tunnels. This was an important feature long forgotten in more recent replica attempts. Smaller structures that are built, in igloo style, for temporary shelter from severe weather are better known as "quinzhees".