Ending in Ice: The Revolutionary Idea and Tragic Expedition of Alfred Wegener by Roger M. MccoyEnding in Ice: The Revolutionary Idea and Tragic Expedition of Alfred Wegener by Roger M. Mccoy

Ending in Ice: The Revolutionary Idea and Tragic Expedition of Alfred Wegener

byRoger M. Mccoy

Hardcover | July 28, 2006

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An old truism holds that a scientific discovery has three stages: first, people deny it is true; then they deny it is important; finally, they credit the wrong person. Alfred Wegener's "discovery" of continental drift went through each stage with unusual drama. In 1915, when he published histheory that the world's continents had once come together in a single landmass before splitting apart and drifting to their current positions, the world's geologists denied and scorned it. The scientific establishment's rejection of continental drift and plate tectonic theory is a story told oftenand well. Yet, there is an untold side to Wegener's life: he and his famous father-in-law, Wladimir Koppen (a climatologist whose classification of climates is still in use), became fascinated with climates of the geologic past. In the early 20th century Wegener made four expeditions to thethen-uncharted Greenland icecap to gather data about climate variations (Greenland ice-core sampling continues to this day). Ending in Ice is about Wegener's explorations of Greenland, blending the science of ice ages and Wegener's continental drift measurements with the story of Wegener's fatalexpedition trying to bring desperately needed food and fuel to workers at the central Greenland ice station of Eismitte in 1930. Arctic exploration books with tragic endings have become all too common, but this book combines Wegener's fatal adventures in Greenland with the relevant science--now moreimportant than ever as global climate change becomes movie-worthy ("The Day After Tomorrow").
Roger M. McCoy is Emeritus Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Utah.
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Title:Ending in Ice: The Revolutionary Idea and Tragic Expedition of Alfred WegenerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:July 28, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Scientist and Explorer2. Wegener's Shocking Idea3. The World Reacts to Wegener's Idea4. Preparing for Greenland5. Arriving in Greenland6. Establishing Eismitte7. The Fourth Trip to Eismitte, September, 19308. Winter at East Station and West Station, 1930-19319. Winter at Eismitte10. The Search for Wegener and Villumsen11. Searching for Reasons12. Remembering Wegener13. Progress After 1960EndnotesSelect BibliographyIndex

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"Wegener's life was one of both triumph and tragedy, and McCoy's book captures those moods well. The Wegener associated with plate tectonics is well known, however, Wegener the Arctic Explorer especially resonates in this work. A compelling narrative of the hardships of Arctic exploration inthe early 20th Century, with fascinating historical photographs of Wegener's life (and death) in Greenland. I learned a lot from this book."--David R. Butler, Texas State University at San Marcos