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17 permafrost, 8, 13 portages, 7, 10 preparation and repair, 19–21, 20, 21, 25 Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, 9, 10, 13, 27 Siberia, Russia, 9 snow poles, 13 thaws, 8, 10, 27 Tibbitt to Contwoyto Road, Canada, 9, 10, 10, 23 traction, 11, 11 training and skills, 11, 14, 19, 24, 25 tundra, 13, 15, 27 United States, 7, 10, 27, 29 uranium, 7 weather conditions, 4, 5, 8, 13, 27 winds, 5, 13 women as truck drivers, 25, 26, 27 Yellowknife, Canada, 7, 10, 23 Yukon Territory, Canada, 9, 10 About the Author Joseph Gustaitis is a freelance writer and editor living in Chicago.

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.

Some people think that suppliers will be able to use hovercrafts in the future. A hovercraft is a vehicle that moves over water or land on a cushion of air created by fans. Another possible solution would be using airships, or blimps. A blimp is an aircraft that is lighter than air. Its large balloon is usually filled with helium. 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.

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