The First Crossing of Spitsbergen: Being an Account of an Inland Journey of Exploration and Survey, with Descriptions of Several Mountain Ascents, of Boat Expeditions in Ice Fjord, of a Voyage to North-East-land, the Seven Islands, Down Hinloopen Strait, Nearly to Wiches Land, and Into Most of the Fjords of Spitsbergen, and of an Almost Complete Circumnavigation of the Main Island

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J.M. Dent & Company, 1897 - Spitsbergen - 371 pages

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Page 258 - Rocks, caves, lakes, fens, bogs, dens, and shades of death, A universe of death ; which God by curse Created evil, for evil only good ; Where all life dies, death lives, and nature breeds, Perverse, all monstrous, all prodigious things, Abominable, inutterable, and worse Than fables yet have feigned, or fear conceived, Gorgons, and hydras, and chimeras dire.
Page 5 - ... Accompanied by Gregory and Garwood, he started inland from Advent Bay on the west coast and found the whole country covered with thawing snow, beneath which lay a bog. However, nothing daunted by the bad going or unsuitable equipment, the explorers 1 No Man's Land, by Sir Martin Conway, 1906, p. 48. 319 " crossed overland from Advent Bay to Klok Bay, from Klok Bay to Sassen Bay, and from Sassen to Agardh Bay, on the east coast, and back to Advent Bay ",l This was the first crossing of Spitsbergen.
Page 302 - Oceanus. There is the land and the city of the Cimmerians, shrouded in mist and cloud, and never does the shining sun look down on them with his rays, neither when he climbs up the starry heavens, nor when again he turns earthward from the firmament, but deadly night is outspread over miserable mortals.
Page 211 - ... of danger. There are glaciers and ice-peaks, treacherous snow-fields and crevasses, and every possible chance of losing one's life for nothing. Sir William's companion, Garwood, had an enviable series of emotions, in a few minutes, over an ice torrent. One curious effect of the climate is noted: We were always slack, intellectually as well as physically. It was a labour to write, a labour to settle down to any work whatever. Yet the air seemed brisk, and came either over the snows or the sea....
Page 235 - ... from the main mass. This double face of seracs, pushed from behind and undermined by the waves, is constantly falling, so that approach in a boat would be a dangerous experiment. The whole of the sea west of the large island [Cora Island], shown by the survey to have existed there not twenty years ago, is now filled by the advancing glacier. More than half of the island is also overspread. Without moraine, without dirt or discoloration, the glacier is...
Page 112 - Oxyria reniformis, and a number of other plants not yet in flower, besides the mosses. It was strange to meet again in this remote region so many plants that I had found by the glaciers and amongst the crags of the Karakoram-Himalaya.
Page 235 - ... front. From these two latter faces the glacier rises in a jagged area of seracs. Between the southwestern and the south-eastern faces an apex juts boldly out into the sea, and at the time of our visit [July, 1896] two immense pinnacles reared themselves from the water, all but separated to their bases from the main mass. This double face of seracs, pushed from behind and undermined by the waves, is constantly falling, so that approach in a boat would be a dangerous experiment. The whole of the...
Page 215 - ... see the like of that! A common beggar, a travelling man off the roads, to be holding the child! To be leaving his ragged arms about him as if he was of his own sort! Get out of that, whoever you are, and quit this house or I'll call to some that will make you quit it. CHILD. Do not send him out! He is not a bad man; he is a good man; he was playing horses with me. He has grand songs. MOTHER. Let him get away out of this now, himself and his share of songs. Look at the way he has your bib destroyed...
Page 5 - We brought home a sketch survey of an area of about 600 square miles in the heart of the interesting middle belt of the country, besides a more rapid outline survey of the hills on either side of Wijde Bay.

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