A Fabulous Kingdom

The Exploration of the Arctic

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Author: Charles Officer,Jake Page

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199942765

Category: Nature

Page: 232

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Inconstant and forbidding, the arctic has lured misguided voyagers into the cold for centuries--pushing them beyond the limits of their knowledge, technology, and endurance. A Fabulous Kingdom charts these quests and the eventual race for the North Pole, chronicling the lives and adventures that would eventually throw light on this "magical realm" of sunless winters. They follow the explorers from the early journeys of Viking Ottar to the daring exploits of Martin Frobisher, Henry Hudson, Frederick Cook, Robert Peary, and Richard Bird. The second edition features a section entitled "The New Arctic" that illuminates current scientific and environmental issues that threaten the region. Officer and Page discuss such topics as the science behind the melting of the polar ice; the endangered species that now depend on the ice, including polar bears, narwhals, walruses, and ringed seals; commerce in mining and natural resources, especially petroleum and natural gas; and predictions for the economic and environmental future of the region. Library Journal called the first edition a "winning fusion of adventure, suspense, and history."

A History of the Arctic

Nature, Exploration and Exploitation

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Author: John McCannon

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780230761

Category: History

Page: 349

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Bitter cold and constant snow. Polar bears, seals, and killer whales. Victor Frankenstein chasing his monstrous creation across icy terrain in a dogsled. The arctic calls to mind a myriad different images. Consisting of the Arctic Ocean and parts of Canada, the United States, Russia, Greenland, Finland, Norway and Sweden, the arctic possesses a unique ecosystem—temperatures average negative 29 degrees Fahrenheit in winter and rarely rise above freezing in summer—and the indigenous peoples and cultures that live in the region have had to adapt to the harsh weather conditions. As global temperatures rise, the arctic is facing an environmental crisis, with melting glaciers causing grave concern around the world. But for all the renown of this frozen region, the arctic remains far from perfectly understood. In A History of the Arctic, award-winning polar historian John McCannon provides an engaging overview of the region that spans from the Stone Age to the present. McCannon discusses polar exploration and science, nation-building, diplomacy, environmental issues, and climate change, and the role indigenous populations have played in the arctic’s story. Chronicling the history of each arctic nation, he details the many failed searches for a Northwest Passage and the territorial claims that hamper use of these waterways. He also explores the resources found in the arctic—oil, natural gas, minerals, fresh water, and fish—and describes the importance they hold as these resources are depleted elsewhere, as well as the challenges we face in extracting them. A timely assessment of current diplomatic and environmental realities, as well as the dire risks the region now faces, A History of the Arctic is a thoroughly engrossing book on the past—and future—of the top of the world.

The Arctic Gold Rush

The New Race for Tomorrow's Natural Resources

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Author: Roger Howard

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441110364

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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An exploration of the political significance of the Arctic's vast untapped wealth of natural resources, and a gripping account of the race to exploit them On August 2, 2007, a Russian submarine captured world headlines by making a dangerous journey to the bottom of the Arctic seabed and planting a metal, rustfree national flag more than 14,000 feet beneath the North Pole. The aim was to assert Russia's legal sovereignty over a region whose importance had only recently started to become apparent as its melting ice had made, or was expected to make, vast natural resources open to exploitation. The latest estimates are that the region holds around 13% of the world's undiscovered oil and as much as 30% of undiscovered natural gas reserves that would be hugely profitable for any country that managed to secure control over them. Gold, platinum, copper, and other precious metals have also been found along the coast. Neighboring countries - Russia, the United States, Canada, Denmark, and Norway - are already doing everything they can to mark out new borders. The ensuing political disagreements over the issue are already rife. In particular, games of political intrigue between Moscow and Washington are being played out in the region. But as the world's resources become increasingly scarce and valuable, could the scramble for Arctic resources become violent? Could a "War for the Arctic" be fought? Praise for The Oil Hunters: "The Dramatic Days of oil exploration in the first half of the 20th century are narrated in gripping fashion by Roger Howard." -The Spectator "A fascinating story for anyone interested in one of today's main economic problems: How to reduce the hundreds of billions that Americans spend every year to import oil...the book is packed with intrepid geologists, risk-averse business people, hardup Mideast rulers and ingenious promoters- all concerned with driving up profits."-The Associated Press

The Spiritual History of Ice

Romanticism, Science and the Imagination

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Author: E. Wilson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1403981809

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 278

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At the end of the eighteenth century, scientists for the first time demonstrated what medieval and renaissance alchemists had long suspected; ice is not lifeless but vital, a crystalline revelation of vigorous powers. Studied in esoteric and exoterical representations of frozen phenomena, several Romantic figures - including Coleridge and Poe, Percy and Mary Shelley, Emerson and Thoreau - challenged traditional notions of ice as waste and instead celebrated crystals, glaciers, and the poles as special disclosures of a holistic principle of being. The Spiritual History of Ice explores this ecology of frozen shapes in fascinating detail, revealing not only a neglected current of the Romantic age but also a secret history and psychology of ice.

North American exploration

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Author: Michael Golay,John Stewart Bowman

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780471391487

Category: History

Page: 518

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An accessible, information-packed reference to the exploration and settlement of North America includes vividly written narrative essays on all aspects of this fascinating subject.

Current Contents

Arts & humanities

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Author: Institute for Scientific Information (Philadelphia)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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Library Journal

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Libraries

Page: N.A

View: 9596

Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.

In the Kingdom of Ice

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Author: Hampton Sides

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780745265

Category: History

Page: 999

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In 1879 the USS Jeanette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds and a frenzy of publicity. The ship and its crew, captained by the heroic George De Long, were heading for glory and the last unmapped area of the globe: the North Pole. But it was not long before the Jeanette was trapped in crushing pack ice. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew found themselves marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia with only the barest supplies, facing a seemingly impossible trek across the endless ice. Battling everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths, the expedition battled madness and starvation as they desperately strove for survival. With twists and turns worthy of a thriller, In the Kingdom of Ice is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth.

Earth Sciences History

Journal of the History of the Earth Sciences Society

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Earth sciences

Page: N.A

View: 8167

Choice

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Academic libraries

Page: N.A

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Kolonialismus als "Wissenschaft und Technik"

das Hamburgische Kolonialinstitut 1908 bis 1919

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Author: Jens Ruppenthal

Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden gmbh

ISBN: N.A

Category: Germany

Page: 273

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Around 1900, the colonial powers searched to legitimize their claim to power by scientific means and to rationalize their methods of exercising that power. This volume studies the topic from the perspective of the education and training of colonial officers during the German Empire. German text.

From Scandinavian shores

immigrant culture and stories from our Nordic family histories

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Author: J. B. Hove

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 256

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From 1825 to 1930 almost three million Scandinavians immigrated to the New World. However, emigration did not extinguish their strong and admirable culture. In fact, Scandinavian immigrants exhibited even more of the unique traits that had long nourished their ancestors and this adherence to their cultural values contributed much to their success in the New World. Scandinavian shores is an illuminating and entertaining book that brings to life the rich cultural history that has survived through generations of Scandinavians and has transcended the distance between the New World and their home countries. When these immigrants stepped ashore in the New World, they had what mattered most: their resourcefulness, work ethic and skilled craftsmanship. These, and other inherent traits, set them apart from the thousands of European immigrants of different descent.

The South Pole

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Author: Roald Amundsen

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3954273535

Category:

Page: 496

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One hundred years ago Roald Amundsen and four fellow Norwegian explorers captured the geographical South Pole. The existence of the pole had been known before, but Amundsen and his combatants were the first humans who had the courage to undertake the dangerous voyage through ice and snow. They reached the pole a one month before Amundsen's great rival Robert Falcon Scott. The eventful and fascinating journey is described by Amundsen himself in his account The South Pole, published shortly after his return. Roald Amundsen, born in 1872 near Oslo, was one of the most successful polar explorers. Already at the age of seventeen he became part of Adrien de Gerlache's Belgica Expedition. Between 1903 and 1906 he was the first to travel the Nortwest Passage. On Nansen's famous ship Fram Amundsen undertook a dangerous expedition to the Antarctic where he captured the geographical South Pole. He died in 1928 during a flight to save the Italian explorer Umberto Nobile.

Forthcoming Books

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Author: Rose Arny

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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The American Neptune

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Naval art and science

Page: N.A

View: 1500

A quarterly journal of maritime history.