Finding Mars is an interwoven tale of science, travel, and adventure, as science writer Ned Rozell accompanies permafrost researcheraand inveterate wandereraKenji Yoshikawa on a 750-mile trek by snowmobile through the Alaska wilderness. Along the way, Rozell learns about Yoshikawaas fascinating life, from his boyhood in Tokyo to the youthful wanderlust that led him to push a wheeled cart across the Sahara, ski to the South Pole, and take a sailboat into the frozen reaches of the Arctic Ocean, spending a winter frozen in the ice near Barrow. Itas an always on-the-move account of a man driven not just by the desire to fill in the blank spots on a map, but also to learn everything he can about themaand a ringing testament to the power of science, enthusiasm, and individual inspiration.A teenage boy goes outside to start the pump for us, and we watch snow crystals flow into the gas tanks as if a vacuum is pulling them in. ... (Tohru calls it a Napoleona) that probably began life in a factory in Pennsylvania and made it to the Shaktoolik Native store by truck, train, ... aNeed to download the dataloggers, a he says.
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