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A Short History of Polar Exploration

Nick Rennison's compelling book tells the memorable stories of the men and women who have risked their lives by entering the white wastelands of the Arctic and the Antarctic, from the compelling tales of Scott, Shacklet on and Amundsen, to ...

Author : Nick Rennison

Release : 2013-11-19

Publisher : Oldcastle Books

ISBN : 1843440911

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According to Apsley Cherry-Garrard, one of the men who went to Antarctica with Captain Scott, 'Polar exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time that has ever been devised. ' Despite this there has never been a shortage of volunteers willing to endure the bad times in pursuit of the glory that polar exploration sometimes brings. Nick Rennison's compelling book tells the memorable stories of the men and women who have risked their lives by entering the white wastelands of the Arctic and the Antarctic, from the compelling tales of Scott, Shacklet on and Amundsen, to lesser known heroes such as Fridtjof Nansen and Robert Peary. A Short History of Polar Exploration also looks at the hold that the polar regions have often had on the imaginations of artists and writers in the last two hundred years examining the pain tings, films and literature that they have inspired.

Safe Return Doubtful

Author : John Maxtone-Graham

Release : 1999

Publisher :

ISBN : 9780760712221

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Nelson's Arctic Voyage

Andrist, R, Heroes of Polar Exploration, London, 1963 Arlov, Thor, A Short History
of Svalbard, The Norwegian Polar Institute, Oslo, 1994. Ashelford, J, In the
English Service: The Life of Philippe D'Auvergne, Jersey Heritage Trust, 2008.

Author : Peter Goodwin

Release : 2019-05-16

Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN : 1472954181

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In the summer of 1773 the 14-year old Horatio Nelson took part in an expedition to the Arctic, which came close to ending his naval career before it had begun. The expedition was to find a navigable northern passage between the Atlantic and Pacific, and was supported by the Royal Society and King George III. Two bomb vessels HMS Racehorse and Carcass were fitted out and strengthened under the command of Captain Hon. Constantine Phipps. It was an extremely cold Arctic summer and the ships became locked in ice far from Spitzbergen and were unable to cut their way out until days later when the wind changed and the ice broke up. The ships were extricated and returned home. On the trip, the young Nelson had command of one of the smaller boats of the ships, a four-oared cutter manned by twelve seamen. In this he helped to save the crew of a boat belonging to the Racehorse from an attack by a herd of enraged walruses. He also had a more famous encounter with a polar bear, while attempting to obtain a bearskin as a present for his father, an exploit that later became part of the Nelson legend. Drawing on the ship's journals and expedition commander Phipps' journal from the National Archives, the book creates a picture of the expedition and life on board. Using the ships' muster books it also details the ship's crews giving the different roles and ranks in the ships. The book is illustrated using some of the ship's drawings and charts and pictures of many objects used on the ship, while a navigational chart of the route taken has been created from the logbooks. The book also looks at the overall concept of naval exploration as set in train by Joseph Banks and the Royal Society. The fact that the expedition failed as a result of poor planning with potentially tragic results demonstrates the difficulties and uncertainties of such an expedition. It also looks at a great naval commander at the earliest stage of his career and considers how the experience might have shaped his later career and attitudes. Other great captains and voyages are discussed alongside Nelson, including Captain Cook and his exploration of the south seas and the later ill-fated northern journeys of Franklin and Shackleton.

A First Rate Tragedy

In a newly revised and updated version of her original book, Diana Preston, returns to Antarctica and explores why Scott's carefully planned expedition failed, ending in tragedy.

Author : Diana Preston

Release : 2012-02-16

Publisher : Hachette UK

ISBN : 1780330812

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On November 12, 1912, a rescue team trekking across Antarctica's Great Ice Barrier finally found what they sought - the snow-covered tent of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott. Inside, they made a grim discovery: Scott's frozen body lay between the bodies of two fellow explorers. They had died just eleven miles from the depot of supplies which might have saved them. Why did Scott's meticulously laid plans finally end in disaster, while his rival, Norwegian Roald Amundsen, returned safely home with his crew after attaining the Pole only days before the British team? In a newly revised and updated version of her original book, Diana Preston, returns to Antarctica and explores why Scott's carefully planned expedition failed, ending in tragedy.

A Short History of the United States Navy

THE NAVY IN POLAR EXPLORATION The years of peace have afforded
splendid instances of heroism in the service of polar exploration, which are well
worthy to rank with the more famous deeds of war. The record begins with the
year 1837, ...

Author : Carroll S. Alden

Release : 2017-09-15

Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN : 1532618093

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This reprinted edition contains an introduction by Captain Christopher R. Davis, US Navy (Ret.).

Polar Imperative

A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America Shelagh D. Grant ... Paul Nesbitt,
A Short History of the Arctic, Desert, and Tropic Information Center,” 135–40, in
United States Polar Exploration, Herman R. Friis and Shelby G. Bale Jr. (Athens,
 ...

Author : Shelagh D. Grant

Release : 2011-03-11

Publisher : D & M Publishers

ISBN : 9781553656180

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Based on Shelagh Grant’s groundbreaking archival research and drawing on her reputation as a leading historian in the field, Polar Imperative is a compelling overview of the historical claims of sovereignty over this continent’s polar regions. This engaging, timely history examines: the unfolding implications of major climate changes the impact of resource exploitation on the indigenous peoples the current high-stakes game for control over the adjacent waters of Alaska, Arctic Canada and Greenland the events, issues and strategies that have influenced claims to authority over the lands and waters of the North American Arctic, from the arrival of the first inhabitants around 3,000 BCE to the present sovereignty from a comparative point of view within North America and parallel situations in the European and Asian Arctic This book will become a standard reference on Arctic history and will redefine North Americans’ understanding of the sovereign rights and responsibilities of Canada’s northernmost region.

To the Ends of the Earth

Readers who have heard of the incredible exploits of such famous explorers as Robert F. Scott, Roald Amundsen, James Cook, and Robert Peary will find in this book an intriguing explanation for what impelled these men to endure unimaginable ...

Author : John V. H. Dippel

Release : 2018-03-13

Publisher : Prometheus Books

ISBN : 1633884120

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This fascinating social history of polar expeditions examines the cultural trends that produced these daring, even reckless journeys. From the late-17th to the early 20th century, intrepid explorers from America and Europe risked (and sometimes lost) their lives exploring the forbidding, uncharted landscapes of the Arctic and Antarctica. What drove these men to undertake these seemingly impossible journeys? In this deeply researched book, author John Dippel makes a convincing case that dozens of polar expeditions were motivated less by courageous idealism than personal ambition and national rivalries. The author traces the ways in which men of unbridled ambition responded to society's need for heroes by masking their true intentions behind patriotic sentiments or noble claims about advancing science. In so doing they frequently put their own lives and those of the men in their command at enormous risk. At the same time, they projected an attitude of cultural superiority, looking down on indigenous arctic people. Their disrespect and ignorance of native means of transportation, diet, shelter, and knowledge of the terrain often led explorers into disaster, where men perished from starvation and exposure or nearly lost their minds. In the end, the failure of so many polar expeditions exposed the limits of humanity's control of nature and helped to undermine faith in inevitable progress. Readers who have heard of the incredible exploits of such famous explorers as Robert F. Scott, Roald Amundsen, James Cook, and Robert Peary will find in this book an intriguing explanation for what impelled these men to endure unimaginable cold, near-starvation, and years of isolation at the ends of the earth.

A History of Polar Exploration

The picture is one of the remarkable series taken during the expedition by
Herbert G . Ponting , a striking historical record ... of the history of a short sketch of
the physical conditions of the European society ( including nations of European
polar ...

Author : David Mountfield

Release : 1974

Publisher : New York : Dial Press

ISBN :

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Reveals the hazardous conditions endured by the pioneer and present-day explorers who have ventured into the polar regions and shares their scientific discoveries

A History of Antarctic Science

This book describes the development of Antarctic science over three centuries against a background of advances in techniques of travelling and working in the polar environment and changing political attitudes to a remote and unknown part of ...

Author : G. E. Fogg

Release : 1992-09-24

Publisher : Cambridge University Press

ISBN : 9780521361132

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This book describes the development of Antarctic science over three centuries against a background of advances in techniques of travelling and working in the polar environment and changing political attitudes to a remote and unknown part of the world.

Over the Top of the World

An account of explorer Will Steger's expedition from Russia to Canada by way of the North Pole, traveling by dog sled and canoe.

Author : Will Steger

Release : 1999-01-01

Publisher : Turtleback

ISBN : 9780613194143

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An account of explorer Will Steger's expedition from Russia to Canada by way of the North Pole, traveling by dog sled and canoe.

The Arctic Basin

AA auroral absorption AARI Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute AHE airborne
high-latitude expedition AIDJEX Arctic Ice ... Time (Greenwich) VLF very low
frequency 1 A brief history of Arctic exploration 1.1 FIRST ARCTIC Abbreviations.

Author : Ivan E. Frolov

Release : 2006-08-25

Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN : 3540376658

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A group of authors from the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute in St Petersburg, Russia, have all achieved individual doctoral theses on various aspects of Arctic and Antarctic research. This book is written by experienced group of researchers and authors.

The Ice Balloon

In this grand and astonishing tale, Alec Wilkinson brings us the story of S. A. Andrée, the visionary Swedish aeronaut who, in 1897, during the great age of Arctic endeavor, left to discover the North Pole by flying to it in a hydrogen ...

Author : Alec Wilkinson

Release : 2012-01-24

Publisher : Vintage

ISBN : 0307957691

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In this grand and astonishing tale, Alec Wilkinson brings us the story of S. A. Andrée, the visionary Swedish aeronaut who, in 1897, during the great age of Arctic endeavor, left to discover the North Pole by flying to it in a hydrogen balloon. Called by a British military officer “the most original and remarkable attempt ever made in Arctic exploration,” Andrée’s expedition was followed by nearly the entire world, and it made him an international legend. The Ice Balloon begins in the late nineteenth century, when nations, compelled by vanity, commerce, and science, competed with one another for the greatest discoveries, and newspapers covered every journey. Wilkinson describes how in Andrée several contemporary themes intersected. He was the first modern explorer—the first to depart for the Arctic unencumbered by notions of the Romantic age, and the first to be equipped with the newest technologies. No explorer had ever left with more uncertainty regarding his fate, since none had ever flown over the horizon and into the forbidding region of ice. In addition to portraying the period, The Ice Balloon gives us a brief history of the exploration of the northern polar regions, both myth and fact, including detailed versions of the two record-setting expeditions just prior to Andrée’s—one led by U.S. Army lieutenant Adolphus Greely from Ellesmere Island; the other by Fridtjof Nansen, the Norwegian explorer who initially sought to reach the pole by embedding his ship in the pack ice and drifting toward it with the current. Woven throughout is Andrée’s own history, and how he came by his brave and singular idea. We also get to know Andrée’s family, the woman who loves him, and the two men who accompany him—Nils Strindberg, a cousin of the famous playwright, with a tender love affair of his own, and Knut Fraenkel, a willing and hearty young man. Andrée’s flight and the journey, based on the expedition’s diaries and photographs, dramatically recovered thirty-three years after the balloon came down, along with Wilkinson’s research, provide a book filled with suspense and adventure, a haunting story of high ambition and courage, made tangible with the detail, beauty, and devastating conditions of traveling and dwelling in “the realm of Death,” as one Arctic explorer put it.

Exploration

Stewart Weaver traces the history of exploration from the first explorers (including Polynesian and Micronesian peoples, the ancient Greeks, Marco Polo, and Ibn BattÐta), to the European discover of America, the Enlightenment and ...

Author : Stewart Angas Weaver

Release : 2015

Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN : 0199946957

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This clear, succinct, and elegant contribution to the 'Very Short Introductions' series surveys the history of global exploration and assesses the motives, for good and ill, of those who undertook it. Stewart Weaver traces the history of exploration from the first explorers (including Polynesian and Micronesian peoples, the ancient Greeks, Marco Polo, and Ibn BattÐta), to the European discover of America, the Enlightenment and exploration (focusing on James Cook), and the race to the north and south poles

A Short History of the USSR.

Arctic exploration proceeded on a big scale. Soviet polar scientists set up
research stations North Pole-2, North Pole-3, North Pole-4 (1954) and North Pole
-5 (1955). Another seven research stations have been established within the
Arctic ...

Author : Akademiia nauk SSSR. Institut istorii

Release : 1965

Publisher :

ISBN :

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A Short History of the United States Navy

THE NAVY IN POLAR EXPLORATION The years of peace have afforded
splendid instances of heroism in the service of polar exploration , which are well
worthy to rank with the more famous deeds of war . The record begins with the
year ...

Author : George Ramsey Clark

Release : 1911

Publisher :

ISBN :

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Endurance

The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age.

Author : Alfred Lansing

Release : 2014-04-29

Publisher : Hachette UK

ISBN : 0465058795

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Discover one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age: the harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole. In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day's sail short of its destination, the Endurance became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. When their ship was finally crushed between two ice floes, they attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization. In Endurance, the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton's fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.

The Brief History of the Dead

In researching Antarctica for the even-numbered chapters of this book, I turned
first to the anthology Ice: Stories of Survival from Polar Exploration, edited by Clint
Willis, which led me directly to Apsley Cherry-Garrard's unparalleled memoir of ...

Author : Kevin Brockmeier

Release : 2011-07-21

Publisher : Hachette UK

ISBN : 1848546319

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'A prodigy of imagination, insight and overwhelming tenderness' Independent 'Remember me when I'm gone' just took on a whole new meaning . . . Laura Byrd is in trouble. Three weeks ago she and her friends found themselves alone in one of the coldest, most remote places on earth. Her friends set out in search of help, and now Laura realises that they are not coming back. So she gathers her remaining supplies and sets out on an extraordinary journey. Meanwhile in another city, more and more people arrive every day. Each has a different story to tell, but their accounts have one thing in common - it was their final journey. For this is the city of the dead. And the link between this city and Laura's journey lies at the heart of this remarkable novel. The Brief History of the Dead tells a magical story about our lives - about our place in the world, our connections with each other, and what happens to us all after our deaths. It is a story of spellbinding power and imagination, which resonates long after the final page.

The Life of Sir John Franklin, R.N.

precedent in the history of Polar exploration, nor has anything like it ever since
occurred. The Victory, again, was a small vessel, carrying not many months to
feed and victualled for four years. The stores of the Erebus and Terror could only
last ...

Author : Henry Duff Traill

Release : 2012-03-08

Publisher : Cambridge University Press

ISBN : 110804512X

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A personal memoir of Polar explorer Sir John Franklin, based on family documents and originally published in 1896.

A Short History of the British Commonwealth

The gallantry of these adventures with tiny ships in stormy, ice-bound and
uncharted seas was beyond praise.” But they only showed that there was no
easy passage by this route, and polar exploration for its own sake had little
attraction for the ...

Author : Ramsay Muir

Release : 1927

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ISBN :

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Adaptation and Evolution in Marine Environments, Volume 1

Every IPY produced advancement in geographical exploration and scientific
knowledge, extending the understanding of many ... The first volume of this
Series, ''The History of the International Polar Years (IPYs)'', edited by Susan Barr
and Cornelia Lüdecke, is an excellent ... We felt, however, that a short historical
summary of the previous IPYs would be helpful to the reader to place IPY 2007–
2009 into ...

Author : Guido di Prisco

Release : 2012-02-29

Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN : 3642273521

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The poles undergo climate changes exceeding those in the rest of the world in terms of their speed and extent, and have a key role in modulating the climate of the Earth. Ecosystems adapted to polar environments are likely to become vulnerable to climate changes. Their responses allow us to analyse and foresee the impact of changes at lower latitudes. We need to increase our knowledge of the polar marine fauna of continental shelves, slopes and deep sea, as identifying the responses of species and communities is crucial to establishing efficient strategies against threats to biodiversity, using international and cross-disciplinary approaches. The IPY 2007-2009 was a scientific milestone. The outstanding contribution of Marine Biology is reflected in this volume and the next one on “Adaptation and Evolution in Marine Environments – The Impacts of Global Change on Biodiversity” from the series “From Pole to Pole”, making these volumes a unique and invaluable component of the scientific outcome of the IPY.