An Account of the Arctic Regions: Volume 1

An Account of the Arctic Regions: Volume 1 : With a History and Description of the Northern Whale-Fishery

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Written by explorer, scientist and later clergyman William Scoresby (1789-1857), this two-volume guide to the Arctic regions was first published in 1820. Scoresby, himself the son of a whaler and Arctic explorer, first sailed to the polar regions at the age of eleven, and was later apprenticed to his father. He became a correspondent of Sir Joseph Banks, and his extensive research on the Arctic area included pioneering work in oceanography, magnetism, and the study of Arctic currents and waves. He surveyed 400 miles of the Greenland coast in 1822. This account was the first book published in Britain which was devoted solely to the whale fisheries. Volume 1 is a general geographical survey of the Arctic region and includes detailed observations of polar ice conditions, atmospherology, and zoology. The book also considers the much-debated question of northern sea communication between the Atlantic and Pacific more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 b/w illus. 3 tables
  • 1139097067
  • 9781139097062

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Remarks on the celebrated question, of the existence of a sea-communication between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, by the north; with an account of the progress of discovery in the Northern Regions; 2. Descriptive account of some of the Polar countries; 3. Hydrographical survey of the Greenland Sea; 4. An account of the Greenland or Polar ice; 5. Observations on the atmospherology of the Arctic regions; particularly relating to Spitzbergen and the adjacent Greenland Sea; 6. A sketch of the zoology of the Arctic regions; more