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North Slope: The region of Alaska that borders the Arctic Ocean. The North Slope contains the valuable Prudhoe Bay oil ﬁeld. permafrost: Ground that is permanently frozen. portage: A road or path between two bodies of water. snow pole: A marker placed at the side of an Arctic highway to help the driver locate the edge of the road when the ground is covered with snow. subsoil: The layer of soil that is just below the surface. tundra: A treeless area in the Arctic where the soil is often frozen. The tundra supports low-growing plants like moss and small shrubs.
Htm This site, called “Ice Roads of Canada,” has lots of good pictures of John Denison building one of the early ice roads. 31 INDEX Alaska, 4, 8–9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16–17, 19, 22–23, 25, 27 avalanches, 12, 12 Canada, 7–10, 10, 15, 16, 19, 23, 25, 27, 29 Carlile Transportation Systems, 17, 19 Cat trains, 6, 6 chains, 14, 14 challenges, 5, 5, 7, 17, 25 curves, 5, 11, 11, 19, 21 dangers and risks, 4–5, 9, 10, 13, 15, 25 Deadhorse, Canada, 9, 10, 13 Denison, John, 23 dogsleds, 22, 22 earnings, 5, 23 Eldorado Mine, Canada, 7 equipment and supplies, 4, 6, 9, 10, 23, 29 Fairbanks, Alaska, 9, 10, 27 Frost, Al, 15 fuel, 4, 17, 18 global warming, 27, 28 gravel roads, 7, 22, 29 hovercrafts, 29 Ice Road Truckers (TV show), 19, 25–26, 26 ice roads, 5, 5, 7–10, 10, 23, 28 future of, 27, 29 injuries and deaths, 4, 13, 14, 21 James B.
Trucking will not disappear from the Arctic. There will still be gravel and paved roads in the Far North. But many people will be disappointed if the ice roads start to disappear and if the great days of Arctic trucking slip into the past. So You Want to Be an Arctic Trucker Trucking companies prefer to hire drivers who are high school graduates and have clean driving records. This means that a driver has not gotten many tickets and has no history of drinking and driving. In the United States, drivers need a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
Arctic Trucker by Joseph Gustaitis