A Fabulous Kingdom: The Exploration of the Arctic

Paperback | May 9, 2012

byCharles Officer, Jake Page

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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 adventuresthat 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, includingpolar 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, andhistory."

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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 adventuresthat would eventually throw light on this "ma...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:May 9, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199837805

ISBN - 13:9780199837809

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PrefacePrologue: the Nature of the PlacePart One: Ultima Thule1. Sea Lungs, Godly Commerce, and Projections2. Frizadores for Cathay and Polar Bears3. Fool's Gold, Hooch, and MutinyPart Two: The Myth of the Open Polar Sea4. Connubial Fidelity and the Vicar of Wakefield5. Open Seas and Closed Minds6. Anything is Good that Don't Poison YouPart Three: Racing for the Pole7. Three Faces of Ambition8. Amateurs, Pros, and Cons9. From Polar Larks to Canary-WatchingPart Four: The New Arctic10. Albedo, Winds, and Other Culprits11. Animals: Changing the Guard12. Boom and Bust on the New Frontier13. Who Owns the Arctic?14. Global Predictions