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A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.
This 1875 manual presents a detailed scientific picture of Greenland and its Arctic environment. Edited by the geologist Thomas Rupert Jones (1819–1911), it was prepared for the British Arctic Expedition of the same year in order to inform and instruct the explorers. The work presents previously ascertained information, ranging from astronomical data, including observations of the northern lights, through to material on plant and animal life. Sir George Nares (1831–1915), the expedition's leader, had hoped the North Pole could be reached. Though this proved impossible, a team of his men set a record for the furthest northern latitude attained at the time. Underpinning the expedition's gathering of important scientific and geographical results, Manual of the Natural History, Geology, and Physics of Greenland and the Neighbouring Regions clarifies for modern readers the specific objectives of late Victorian polar research. Nares' official 1876 report and his 1878 two-volume account of the journey are also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection.
Part I. Instructions for the Use of Scientific Expedition to the Arctic Regions, 1875
Part II. Manual of the Natural History, Geology, and Physics of Greenland and the Neighbouring Regions: Preface
1. Biology and geology
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