Light in the Arctic seems to move between extremes of deprivation and dazzlement. Elsewhere Lopez talks about a ‘light-poor desert’, contrasting with this ‘light-drowned tundra’. He also describes how early explorers, starved of light all winter, went dizzy with it when it arrived and suffered needle-stabbing agonies of snow blindness as a result.

Source: Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams, p. 172

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