The First Crossing of Greenland: Volume 2

The First Crossing of Greenland: Volume 2

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First published in English in 1890, this book by Norwegian explorer and scientist Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930) recounts the first crossing of the Greenland interior in 1888, an expedition that took two months. Learning from previous failed attempts, Nansen suggested crossing from the uninhabited east to the inhabited west of Greenland, an innovation that proved successful. Nansen's account was translated by Hubert Majendie Gepp and includes an introduction written by the secretary of the Royal Geographical Society. Volume 2 begins with the party setting out for the west, and includes lextensive descriptions of the climate and encounters with Inuit peoples. The book closes with the party reaching the west coast and journeying home. Volume 2 also includes an appendix of the scientific discoveries of the expedition. Nansen, who later served as delegate to the League of Nations, was awarded the 1922 Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 77 b/w illus. 2 maps
  • 1139015028
  • 9781139015028

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17. Our start for the west coast - the ascent of the ice; 18. The crossing of the 'Inland Ice' - we change our course for Godthaab - some features of the climate and the snow; 19. The crossing of the 'Inland Ice' - a storm in the interior - our domestic life; 20. The crossing of the 'Inland Ice' - the first sight of land and first drink of water; 21. The crossing of the 'Inland Ice' - the descent to Ameralikfjord; 22. Our voyage, and arrival at Godthaab; 23. Waiting in Ameralikfjord; 24. An Eskimo narrative; 25. Winter-quarters at Godthaab; 26. The Eskimo of Greenland; 27. A shooting trip to Ameralikfjord; 28. First lessons in the 'kayak'; 29. Christmas at Godthaab; 30. Sardlok and Kangek - notes from my diary; 31. Further attempts on the 'Inland Ice' - the ship! the ship! - the voyage home; Appendix - the scientific results of the expedition and some considerations suggested thereby; more