A Fabulous Kingdom: The Exploration of the Arctic

A Fabulous Kingdom The Exploration of the Arctic Inconstant and forbidding the arctic lured misguided voyagers into the cold for centuries pushing them beyond the limits of their knowledge technology and stamina A Fabulous Kingdom Tales of the Ar

  • Title: A Fabulous Kingdom: The Exploration of the Arctic
  • Author: Charles Officer Jake Page
  • ISBN: 9780195123821
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Inconstant and forbidding, the arctic lured misguided voyagers into the cold for centuries pushing them beyond the limits of their knowledge, technology, and stamina A Fabulous Kingdom Tales of the Arctic charts these quests and the eventual race for the North Pole in unprecedented detail, chronicling the lives and misconceptions that would eventually throw light on thiInconstant and forbidding, the arctic lured misguided voyagers into the cold for centuries pushing them beyond the limits of their knowledge, technology, and stamina A Fabulous Kingdom Tales of the Arctic charts these quests and the eventual race for the North Pole in unprecedented detail, chronicling the lives and misconceptions that would eventually throw light on this magical realm of sunless winters Setting the scene with an explanation of the arctic region s geography, geology, and climate, the authors present the physical and ideological barriers that faced early sailors traveling into the uncharted arctic realm They then follow the explorers and the evolution of the arctic mission, from the early journeys of Viking Ottar, who rounded the North Cape ca 870, to northern European expeditions in search of a Northwest or Northeast passage to the riches of sixteenth century Asia The progressive exploits and findings of Martin Frobisher, John Davis, Henry Hudson, and William Edward Parry fueled the public s fascination with this new world of ice Yet with the ill fated voyage of Sir John Franklin, nations abandoned their belief in the arctic as the way to wealth Henceforth, it would be private funding and personal motives that would lead English, Scandinavian, and American men with a redefined purpose to reach the North Pole With a fascinating account of nineteenth and twentieth century exploration and the longstanding myth of an open polar sea, the authors reconsider the achievements of the conventional arctic pioneers Frederick Cook, Robert Peary, and Richard Bird Moreover, they consider the consequences and rewards of human ambition and our perilous desire to conquer the unknown.

    One thought on “A Fabulous Kingdom: The Exploration of the Arctic”

    1. Good and thoroughly researched. Also a section on Global Warming which will make you wonder what the heck are we doing.

    2. It was very informative about the interesting tales of arctic exploration and was written in a way that gave it an easy flow for reading. It's mind-blowing to think about how willing people were a hundred years ago to risk death in order to gain fame. To think that so many died in the pursuit of the north pole when there is such a huge safety net today is lamentable. The page warning about the perils of global warming was a bit over the top, but at least it was only a page.

    3. a great reference resource in a small package. fairly dry writing, more of a geography/history/natural history of artic. but very well done. oxford u press rarely misses.

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