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A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.
The author of the standard early twentieth-century textbook on fossil plants, A. C. Seward (1863-1941) was Professor of Botany at Cambridge, Master of Downing College and Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University. This account of his first research trip to Greenland is an evocative portrait of the country, its immense and sublime landscape, its people, and life on the Danish scientific station. This little book, written in an engaging conversational tone, conveys Seward's enthusiasm for Greenland. It includes an explanation for non-specialists of some of Seward's findings relating to fossil plants found there, which provide evidence that the country had a much milder climate in previous geological periods. Seward's own photographs are a fascinating record of the traditional life of the Inuit population as it then survived, as well as the rugged scenery of icebergs and glaciers.
Preface; 1. The colonisation of Greenland by Eric the Red; 2. Greenland a land of sunshine; 3. The Eskimoes and their rulers; 4. The variety and beauty of the flora of Greenland; 5. More about fossil plants; 6. Hare Island; Index.