By Joseph Gustaitis
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By Truck to the North. Toronto: Annick Press, 1998. S. Bureau of Land Management, you can download a visitor’s guide to the Dalton Highway. aspx This website explains all about ice roads. You can even view a brochure on how to build an ice road. 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).
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. uranium: A metal that is used for nuclear fuel in power plants that make electricity and is used in nuclear weapons, such as atomic bombs. white-out: A weather condition in which the wind blows snow through the air, making it difﬁcult to see. winter front: A quilted shield that goes over the front grille of a truck to keep the engine warm and protect against ﬂying rocks.