The Northern Lights

Lighthouses of the Upper Great Lakes


Author: Charles K. Hyde,Ann Mahan,John Mahan

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814325544

Category: History

Page: 208

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Symbols of safety, reassurance, and guidance, lighthouses hold a special fascination for many people. On the Great Lakes, lighthouses - "northern lights" - helped to open the region to settlement and supported the growth of commercial trade. To this day, they continue to light the way for thousands of recreational boaters. In this definitive guide to the lighthouses of the Great Lakes, Charles Hyde describes the histories of more than one hundred and sixty individual lighthouses that still exist on Lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior, and the straits of Mackinac. He also describes the lives of early lighthouse keepers and their families, the heroes and heroines who lived in isolation, dedicated to aiding travelers in distress. Hyde documents maritime history from the early eighteenth century, when the first lighthouses were built in North America, and the subsequent growth of commerce on the Great Lakes. He also provides a general history of the United States Lighthouse Service and its descendants and examines how these organizations have functioned on the Great Lakes. As the shipping industry flourished, so too did the necessity for lighthouses. With their proliferation came a demand for more sophisticated structures. This book describes the changing design of lighthouses and the equipment that produces their beacons.

The Northern Lights


Author: Lucy Jago

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307429091

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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Science, biography, and arctic exploration coverage in this extraordinary true story of the life and work of Norwegian scientist Kristian Birkeland, the troubled genius who solved the mysteries of one of nature’s most spectacular displays. Captivated by the otherworldly lights of the aurora borealis, Birkeland embarked on a lifelong quest to discover their cause. His pursuit took him to some of the most forbidding landscapes on earth, from the remote snowcapped mountains of Norway to the war-torn deserts of Africa. In the face of rebuke by the scientific establishment, sabotage by a jealous rival, and his own battles with depression and paranoia, Birkeland remained steadfast. Although ultimately vindicated, his theories were unheralded—and his hopes for the Nobel Prize scuttled—at the time of his suspicious death in 1917. The Northern Lights offers a brilliant account of the physics behind the aurora borealis and a rare look inside the mind of one of history's most visionary scientists. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Northern Lights

A practical travel guide


Author: Polly Evans

Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides

ISBN: 178477071X

Category: Arctic regions

Page: 48

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An updated third edition of Bradt's practical guide to the best places to view the Northern Lights, the only guidebook that caters to the large number of people whose dream is to see the aurora borealis. Included is information on everything from how to photograph the aurora to what to wear, and how to understand northern lights forecasting, as well as the science behind the aurora and the auroral oval. Also detailed are the best locations from which the aurora can be viewed, covering, in Europe, Scandinavia, Lapland, Iceland and Greenland, and in North America, Canada and Alaska. In addition, the guide provides information on tour operators offering northern lights packages. New for this third edition is coverage of Ivalo / Inari (Nellim & Muotka) and Iso Syöte in Finland; in Sweden both the permanent and seasonal ice hotels, as well as Kiruna Town Hall; in Canada Blachford Lake; and in Iceland new accommodation options. The Northern Lights are one of the major tourist draws of the Arctic and sub-Arctic winter and the world's most spectacular natural phenomena, arguably the greatest light show you'll ever see. olly Evans is an award-winning journalist and writer. She is the author of Bradt's Yukon, as well as five narrative travel books, including Mad Dogs and an Englishwoman, in which she tells of learning to drive sled dogs in northern Canada. When not on the road, Polly works as a teacher at Wellington College in England.

Northern Lights

The Science, Myth, and Wonder of Aurora Borealis


Author: George Bryson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781570612909

Category: Nature

Page: 127

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Electric green pierced by neon blue, shocking pink spinning into violent red, and shimmering purple sidled up against deep indigo: never before have you seen such high-octane colors in the sky, and never before has a book shown the northern lights-aurora borealis-in such vivid color. In Northern Lights, photographers Calvin Hall and Daryl Pederson bring to print nearly a hundred photographs of this amazing natural phenomenon, shot from remote locations all over Alaska and using no filters or digital enhancement. Just as fascinating are the legends, myths, and science surrounding this polar phenomenon, described by George Bryson. As 2002 marks the peak viewing time of the northern lights in an eleven-year cycle, this book brings the elusive magic of the northern lights to stargazers near and far.

Northern Lights


Author: Jill Kalz

Publisher: The Creative Company

ISBN: 158341326X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Discusses the auroras, or northern lights, presenting information on their causes, characteristics, and some historical and folkloric references to them.


The Northern Lights in Mythology, History and Science


Author: Harald Falck-Ytter

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9780880104685

Category: Science

Page: 143

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During long winter nights, the light of the aurora borealis appears over the sparcely populated north. Little is known, however, about these dazzling displays of ghostly light and movement. The author discusses the history, mythology, and science behind auroras. Demonstrating the influence of the sun in the aurora's creation, he also compares the northern lights with phenomena such as lightning and rainbows. Lavishly illustrated with numerous color and black and white pictures, Aurora offers a comprehensive understanding of a mysterious dynamic that has fascinated and even alarmed northern communities through the ages.

Northern Lights


Author: Drago Jančar

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 9780810118393

Category: Fiction

Page: 257

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Josef Erdman arrives in Maribor, Slovenia, on the eve of World War II. Though claiming to be a salesman, it soon becomes apparent that Josef has no purpose in the town, and that a newcomer can expect nothing but distrust from the townspeople. Maribor is full of tensions that are played out in pub brawls and in the rivalry between the Slovenes and Germans at the top of the social hierarchy. Against this backdrop of ethnic hatred and personal descent, Josef witnesses the fiery shimmer of the aurora borealis and imagines the town has been set aflame -- an omen of the coming of war.

Northern lights

outstanding Canadian women


Author: Joan Green,Lynda Palazzi,Marguerite Senecal

Publisher: Rubicon

ISBN: 9781894915212

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 199

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Northern Lights on the Dead Sea Scrolls

Proceedings of the Nordic Qumran Network 2003-2006


Author: Anders Klostergaard Petersen

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004171630

Category: Religion

Page: 310

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Structured by four important themes, the book discusses various aspects pertaining to the interpretation of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The first theme is comprised by a number of essays that deal with different aspects of textual interpretation of particular Qumran writings. The second theme centers on the question of historical referentiality. How can the purported referentiality of particular Qumran writings be used in order to reconstruct an underlying historical reality? The third theme includes essays that pertain to different dimensions concerning the methodology of interpretation. The fourth theme focuses on problems relating to the textual reconstruction of specific Qumran texts. In the final section of the book, the perspective is widened to other writings outside the more specific Qumran context.

Northern Lights


Author: Dorothy M. Souza

Publisher: Lerner Publications

ISBN: 9780876147993

Category: Science

Page: 48

View: 7100

Discusses the origins, characteristics, and lore of the Northern and Southern Lights known as auroras.