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From the Publisher
Having quit engineering, Bucher became involved in exploration of
the Northland of Canada, primarily the high-Arctic. The story in
hand is about a scientific exploration on the ice-covered offshores
in the Queen Elizabeth Islands. It is not a scientific essay or
just another adventure book. It is a reconstruction of an Arctic
exploration that can never be restored or repeated in the way it
was conducted, nor in its significance as a scientific endeavor--it
was a first and only.
The main theme of the story revolves around the ways this remote
and, at that time, mostly unexplored part of the Arctic affected
me: the loneliness, the cold, the harsh beauty, the physical and
mental stress the author endured, and the addictive effect the
Arctic had on him.
Companion volume: The Calling and the Spell