Although the term means different things to different people, it found a footing among early Alaskan prospectors. Termination dust meant it was time pack up mining camps before the onset of winter.
Just because the snow-ridge splendor
Shames superlatives to naught,
Just because the sunset’s fire
Cannot by man’s pen be caught,
Just because Alaska’s beauty
Speaks alone in scenes divine
Are the reasons striving mortals
Try th’ immortal to define,
For they flush with earthly effort
With a drink of sacred wine.
— Harold Salisbury, Poems of Alaska