University of Alberta Press

Natural Resources


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    The Petroleum and Natural Gas Conservation Board, created by the Alberta government in 1938, ensured that the province's petroleum resources were utilized in a manner that protected the long-term public interest.
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    The greatest threat to water quality worldwide is nutrient pollution. Cultural eutrophication by nutrients in sewage, fertilizers, and detergents is feeding massive algal blooms, choking out aquatic life and outpacing heavy metals, oil spills, and other toxins in the devastation wrought upon the world's fresh waters. Renowned water scientists, David W. Schindler and John R. Vallentyne, share their combined 80 years of experience with the eutrophication problem to explain its ... [READ MORE]
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    The Atlas of Alberta Lakes focuses on 100 of Alberta's most interesting, most popular or most studied lakes. It provides all the information lake users, scientists and lake managers might need. An extensive introduction explains the scientific terms and concepts used in each chapter and includes a full-page color map showing the location of the lakes according to drainage basins.
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    The second in a series of workshops examining global change in the Arctic from a variety of perspectives. Topics include traditional knowledge and climate change, the implications of global change for northern vegetation and wildlife, its impacts on northern agricultural and hydro development, and research and policy development. Introduction by Josef Svoboda and Doris Nabert. Papers by Minnie Aodla Freeman; Peter Ernerk; Elaine Wheaton and Virginina Wittrock; Bhawan Singh an... [READ MORE]
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    In 1950, the biggest firestorm documented in North America—one fire alone burned 3,500,000 acres of boreal forest in northern Alberta and British Columbia—created the world’s largest smoke layer in the atmosphere. The smoke travelled half way around the northern hemisphere and made the moon and sun appear blue. The Chinchaga Firestorm is an historical study of the effects of fire on the ecological process. Using technical explanations and archival discoverie... [READ MORE]
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    The international conference People, Wildlife, and Hunting: Emerging Conservation Paradigms brought together hunters, outfitters, community representatives, wildlife managers, researchers and conservationists from across Canada and overseas to explore the relationship linking trophy hunting, wildlife conservation, large-mammal management, community economies, and community sustainability in rural areas. This report focuses more particularly (but not exclusively) upon communit... [READ MORE]
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    This comprehensive review documents the economic, social, and demographic profiles of the fur trapping industry, and the environmental and economic variables that influence its sustainability. Examines the state of the debate, and identifies issues for further analysis.
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    This completely revised edition includes up-to-date information on distribution, new species and biology of the 59 species of fish found in Alberta. Information on identification, distribution, biology, taxonomic history, and, where appropriate, angling is included. Fishes of Alberta will be useful to anyone interested in Alberta's fishes, from anglers to scientists, as well as students of biology.
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    The threat of deteriorating habitats and a loss of biodiversity make this reference work on the freshwater fishes of British Columbia more necessary than ever before. Eighty-one comprehensive species accounts aid accurate identification and consist of an illustration, the scientific and common names of the fish, its distinguishing characteristics, taxonomic comments, geographic distribution, a life-history summary, a habitat-use summary, and conservation comments. The book is... [READ MORE]
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    Fishing often makes an important contribution to food security in northern regions, where agriculture is impossible or marginal at best, as well as providing important occupational and economic diversification in small and often remote communities. This book provides the reader with a current accounting of the generally under-recognized role of women in a variety of northern subsistence and industrial fisheries, both aboriginal and non-aboriginal, rural and urban-based in Ala... [READ MORE]
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    Offers a perspective of northern native societies that have depended upon whaling for centuries. Alaskan and Western Canadian Arctic coastal residents have pursued these animals as sources of food and fuel, but whaling also serves as a center for cultural traditional and spiritual sustenance. Papers by: Rober K. Harritt, Carol Zane Jolles, and Allen P. McCartney; Owen K. Mason and S. Craig Gerlach; Roger K. Harritt; Don E. Dumond; Linda Finn Yarborough; Allen P. McCartney; T.... [READ MORE]
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    The traditional pursuit of whales by Eskimo hunters remains an area in which humans articulate directly with natural processes. This volume traces regional Native whaling practices from approximately 2,000 years to the present. Contributions center on three themes: variations in whaling, Yupik and Inupiat whaling traditions over time, and interactions with changing environmental conditions that include major climatic episodes as well as shorter fluctuations. Western Arctic Na... [READ MORE]
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    The aim of this book is to contribute to culturally inclusive, equitable and effective wildlife conservation and management in the northern regions--and by extension, in other regions where indigenous systems of co-existing with wildlife also struggle to work with positivistic science-based assessments of conservation needs. Given the diverse worldviews, perspectives, and agendas of all those seeking to influence conservation of the iconic polar bear, it is impossible in a si... [READ MORE]
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    Don Gill's passionate interest in Canada's north is reflected in these 17 papers by his colleagues who shared his respect for the fragile northern ecology and are anxious to see others, especially students, guided towards a sound scientific understanding of the last wilderness.
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    The IIED's 'Evaluating Eden' Project investigates and evaluates the environmental, social, and economic aspects of community-based wildlife management. Contributions provide some historical background on Aboriginal wildlife rights and the comprehensive claims process, discuss the current status of wildlife co-management, and examine specific wildlife-based activities undertaken: subsistence hunting, commercial hunting, wildlife tourism, and game ranching.
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    Focuses on issues and practices associated with development-related disturbances in the North. The papers report on long-term experimental work relevant to site reclamation, including surface drainage control and re-establishment of plant cover. Papers by: P.J.B. Duffy; Peter Kershaw; Donald M. Wishart; Manivalde Vaartnou; L.C. Bliss and N.E. Grulke.
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    "In the delta, water is boss, change is the only constant, and creation and destruction exist side by side." The Peace-Athabasca Delta in northern Alberta is a globally significant wetland that lies within one of the largest unfragmented landscapes in North America. Arguably the world's largest boreal inland delta, it is renowned for its biological productivity and is a central feature of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yet the delta and its indigenous cultures lie do... [READ MORE]
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    "I saw a buffalo today." Our fascination with these magnificent creatures draws thousands every year to wilderness areas to view them in their natural setting. Portraits of the Bison stunningly documents bison society with numerous colour photographs, detailed anatomical illustrations, and engaging description. Wes Olson explores the history, social structure, and life cycle of these intriguing animals, with an emphasis on safety and awareness while observing them. ... [READ MORE]
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    Beaverhills Lake, near Tofield, Alberta, lies at the heart of one of North America's most important wetlands. The lake supports hundreds of plant and animal species in its still, shallow waters, undisturbed by boats or swimmers. An engaging text with beautiful full-colour photos, Prairie Water is a must-read for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.