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Disillusioned with life in the city, and spurred on by childhood dreams of adventure and discovery, a young geologist take a chance and moves his family to Alaska during the 1970s' pipeline boom. Awed and humbled by the Great Land and its unpredictable inhabitants--animal and human--he begins a 20-year search for the elusive tundra daisy--a giant oilfield with the potentia Disillusioned with life in the city, and spurred on by childhood dreams of adventure and discovery, a young geologist take a chance and moves his family to Alaska during the 1970s' pipeline boom. Awed and humbled by the Great Land and its unpredictable inhabitants--animal and human--he begins a 20-year search for the elusive tundra daisy--a giant oilfield with the potential to put him and his discovery o the map. Unexpectedly, however, this young explorer's search yields more than black gold when he discovers that life's greatest lessons are often learned under difficult circumstances. A mix of harrowing, humorous, and heartwarming true stories, Craig White's Tundra Daisy embodies the spirit of a real Alaskan, and recaptures a bygone era of discovery in the Last Frontier.


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Disillusioned with life in the city, and spurred on by childhood dreams of adventure and discovery, a young geologist take a chance and moves his family to Alaska during the 1970s' pipeline boom. Awed and humbled by the Great Land and its unpredictable inhabitants--animal and human--he begins a 20-year search for the elusive tundra daisy--a giant oilfield with the potentia Disillusioned with life in the city, and spurred on by childhood dreams of adventure and discovery, a young geologist take a chance and moves his family to Alaska during the 1970s' pipeline boom. Awed and humbled by the Great Land and its unpredictable inhabitants--animal and human--he begins a 20-year search for the elusive tundra daisy--a giant oilfield with the potential to put him and his discovery o the map. Unexpectedly, however, this young explorer's search yields more than black gold when he discovers that life's greatest lessons are often learned under difficult circumstances. A mix of harrowing, humorous, and heartwarming true stories, Craig White's Tundra Daisy embodies the spirit of a real Alaskan, and recaptures a bygone era of discovery in the Last Frontier.

3 review for In Search of the Tundra Daisy: True Tales and Misadventures of an Alaska Field Geologist

  1. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    In Search of Tundra Daisy is a warm, often amusing collection of geologist, Craig White’s, exploratory adventures in search of black gold in a time gone by. His memoir reminded me of Margaret E. Murie’s classic, Two in the Far North. From a leap of faith from a bouncing boat onto an oil rig in Southern California to teeth-rattling flights to remote regions of the northland, White shares his adventures in a folksy easy to read manner. He begins his story in the Channel Islands off the coast of Ca In Search of Tundra Daisy is a warm, often amusing collection of geologist, Craig White’s, exploratory adventures in search of black gold in a time gone by. His memoir reminded me of Margaret E. Murie’s classic, Two in the Far North. From a leap of faith from a bouncing boat onto an oil rig in Southern California to teeth-rattling flights to remote regions of the northland, White shares his adventures in a folksy easy to read manner. He begins his story in the Channel Islands off the coast of California where permission for off-shore drilling is now in hot dispute to exploration manager for the North District of Alaska where he was instrumental in the discovery of a new oil field at Hammerhead on the Beaufort Sea that ranged from 200-300 million barrels of oil. Murie, married to a biologist, shares her life in the cold country with her adventuresome husband who eventually takes his family to Jackson Hole Wyoming where they lived in idyllic isolation. White speaks of the sustaining warmth of his family circle in the much the same way that Murie described her tight-knit brood. They both speak lovingly of the vastness of Alaska and its incomparable grandeur. One is envious in both instances of the opportunity to live in the great wilderness area of our country before the degradation of our environment and the threats looming on the horizon. Linda Ballou www.LindaBallouAuthor.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    Great book about Alaskan oil. Well written and hard to put down!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jane Ginter

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