Nature

A Fabulous Kingdom

The Exploration of the Arctic

Author: Charles Officer,Jake Page

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199942765

Category: Nature

Page: 232

View: 8793

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."
History

A History of the Arctic

Nature, Exploration and Exploitation

Author: John McCannon

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780230761

Category: History

Page: 349

View: 660

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.
Political Science

The Arctic Gold Rush

The New Race for Tomorrow's Natural Resources

Author: Roger Howard

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441110364

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

View: 3194

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
Literary Criticism

The Spiritual History of Ice

Romanticism, Science and the Imagination

Author: E. Wilson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1403981809

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 278

View: 9209

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.
Explorers

Great Exploration Hoaxes

Author: David Roberts

Publisher: Random House (NY)

ISBN: N.A

Category: Explorers

Page: 182

View: 748

History

North American exploration

Author: Michael Golay,John Stewart Bowman

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780471391487

Category: History

Page: 518

View: 1449

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.
History

In the Kingdom of Ice

Author: Hampton Sides

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780745265

Category: History

Page: 999

View: 905

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.
Biography & Autobiography

The Coldest March

Scott's Fatal Antarctic Expedition

Author: Susan Solomon

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300099218

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 383

View: 7681

Details the expedition of Robert Falcon Scott and his British team to the South Pole in 1912.
History

Vikings in America

Author: Graeme Davis

Publisher: Birlinn Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 8554

A groundbreaking new study on the discovery of North America which preceded the voyage of Christopher Columbus.
Reference

The Best Books for Academic Libraries: Social sciences

Author: N.A

Publisher: Best Books

ISBN: 9780722200162

Category: Reference

Page: 336

View: 5227

Books recommended for undergraduate and college libraries listed by Library of Congress Classification Numbers.
Best books

Senior High School Library Catalog

Author: H.W. Wilson Company

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Best books

Page: N.A

View: 4640

Each vol. is divided into 2 parts 1st-7th ed.: Dictionary catalog and Classified catalog; 8th-9th ed. have 3rd. part: Directory of publishers.
Libraries

Library Journal

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Libraries

Page: N.A

View: 2447

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.
Earth sciences

Earth Sciences History

Journal of the History of the Earth Sciences Society

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Earth sciences

Page: N.A

View: 9978

History

A History of Arctic Exploration

Discovery, Adventure and Endurance At the Top of the World

Author: Matti Laineman,Juha Nurminen

Publisher: Anova Books

ISBN: 9781844860692

Category: History

Page: 349

View: 1955

Offers a full account of the many explorers who attempted the Northwest and Northeast Passages and how their efforts contributed to world knowledge of the arctic region, in a book that includes 320 color and black-and-white illustrations, including artworks, maps and charts.

Current Contents

Arts & humanities

Author: Institute for Scientific Information (Philadelphia)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 1977

Juvenile Nonfiction

Arctic & Antarctic

Author: Barbara Taylor

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0789458500

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 63

View: 4615

Shows and describes wildlife found in the Polar regions, looks at Inuit clothing and artifacts, and depicts the equipment used by Polar explorers.
History

In the Kingdom of Ice

Author: Hampton Sides

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780745265

Category: History

Page: 999

View: 8359

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.
History

The Ice Master

The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk

Author: Jennifer Niven

Publisher: Hachette Books

ISBN: 0786870974

Category: History

Page: 402

View: 3917

The Karluk set out in 1913 in search of an undiscovered continent, with the largest scientific staff ever sent into the Arctic. Soon after, winter had begun, they were blown off course by polar storms, the ship became imprisoned in ice, and the expedition was abandoned by its leader. Hundreds of miles from civilization, the castaways had no choice but to find solid ground as they struggled against starvation, snow blindness, disease, exposure--and each other. After almost twelve months battling the elements, twelve survivors were rescued, thanks to the heroic efforts of their captain, Bartlett, the Ice Master, who traveled by foot across the ice and through Siberia to find help. Drawing on the diaries of those who were rescued and those who perished, Jennifer Niven re-creates with astonishing accuracy the ill-fated journey and the crews desperate attempts to find a way home.
Science

Extremes

Oceanography's Adventures at the Poles

Author: Keith Rodney Benson,Helen M. Rozwadowski

Publisher: Science History Publications

ISBN: 9780881353730

Category: Science

Page: 393

View: 6528

History

The North Pole

A Narrative History

Author: Anthony Brandt

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780792274117

Category: History

Page: 413

View: 7287

Henry is generally well-behaved, but he is occasionally arrogant and vain. Henry is at heart a hard worker, but his frequent bouts of illness hinder his work.