A Fabulous Kingdom: The Exploration of the Arctic

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Oxford University Press, Jun 1, 2012 - Nature - 232 pages
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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."
 

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The chances of most readers getting anywhere near the North Pole are slim to none. And even though this feat is accomplished on a regular basis by rich adventurers who fly to the top of the world and ... Read full review

Contents

The Nature of the Place
Ultima Thule 1 Sea Lungs Godly Commerce and Projections
Frizadores for Cathay and Polar Bears
Fools Gold Hooch and Mutiny
The Myth of the Open Polar Sea 4 Connubial Fidelity and The Vicar of Wakefield
Open Seas and Closed Minds
Anything Is Good That Dont Poison
Racing for the Pole 7 Three Faces of Ambition
Amateurs Pros and Cons
From Polar Larks to Canary Watching
Climate Change and a Whole New Arctic 10 The Deicing of the North
Changing the Guard
Who Owns the Arctic?
The Greenland Example
Illustration Credits
Copyright

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Charles Officer is Research Professor in the Earth Sciences Department and Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Jake Page has written many books of fiction and nonfiction and hundreds of magazine articles and columns.

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