Exploring the Essence of Southcentral Alaska

Picea Geographics is the publisher of
Geography of Southcentral Alaska: Explanations and Explorations of its Landscape 
by David K. Snyder.

The 2nd edition is available as of January 2016. This printing contains both new and updated maps and text. 

The book contains beautiful full-color maps and clear explanations of the Geology, Meteorology, Hydrology and Biology that have contributed to the varied and unique geography of Southcentral Alaska.  Additionally, it contains further detail for Denali, Kenai Fjords and Wrangell-St. Elias National Parks.

The book discusses the topics listed below in both general terms and as they pertain to Southcentral Alaska.  Knowledgeable specialists have reviewed every topic. Click on the hyperlinks to read some sample pages.

Plate Tectonics
Continental and Oceanic Structures
Mud Volcanoes

Global Atmospheric Circulation
Aurora Borealis
Ice Ages and Glaciations
Glacial History
Lakes and Wetlands
Coastal Formations
Bore Tides

Biological Succession

National Parks
Denali National Park
Kenai Fjords National Park

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The book is paperback, 5.5 x 8.5 inches (14 x 22 cm), 166 pages. 

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Unsolicited praise for the Geography of Southcentral Alaska:
  • "I love, love, love your maps and graphics." -JF, Valdez
  • "You've done an excellent job of bringing the geology to the lay person." -MS, Seward
  • "...a fascinating read...I really loved reading the book." - MF, New York
  • "...a tremendous amount of detail...the maps and charts are terrific..." - HE, Anchorage

Sample Maps

David Snyder was born, raised and lives in Anchorage, Alaska.  He obtained a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and has worked with geographic information systems for many years.  He has also taught both physical and human geography at the University of Alaska – Anchorage, which was the impetus for this book.

David Snyder is happy to present lectures on themes from the book.  He's presented the talk, "The Geologic History of Southcentral Alaska" to the Chugach Gem and Mineral Society, the Alaskan Prospector's Society and the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.  He's also presented a talk entitled "Explanations of the Northern Susitna Landscape and Local Explorations with the High-Resolution LIDAR Data" at the Northern Sustina Institute  in Talkeetna.

News!  The holidays are coming. This is a great gift for any armchair scientist.  The author will be selling in person at the ReadAlaska Bookfair at the Anchorage Museum Thanksgiving weekend.

Interesting Fact
Picea is the genus of the spruce tree, which is plentiful in Southcentral Alaska.Christmas is on the 
way. " This is a great gift for any armchair scientist!