The North Pole Was Here

The North Pole Was Here : Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World

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Through a special collaboration with "The New York Times", Kingfisher Publications is pleased to present a new way to learn about the events and concepts that define our world. Gripping first-person narratives, written by veteran "New York Times" journalists, bring history and current events to life for young readers. Full-colour illustrations, photographs and sidebars explain key concepts, and historical articles from the archives of "The New York Times" place events in the global context. This fresh, authoritative narrative taps the knowledge and experience of one of the US's most honoured science writers, Andy Revkin. Beginning with a white-knuckle airplane landing on an ice floe at the top of the world, Andy leads readers through a world of ice and water, describing the stark beauty of the pole, the scientists who endure the arctic chill to study this vanishing land, the adventurers who are drawn to the north for personal reasons, and the not-so-pretty realities of camping in the Arctic without running water.
From there, we learn about the historical draw of the pole - beginning with the Ancient Greeks and continuing through the arctic expeditions of Franklin, Peary, Byrd and Amundsen - then continue on to the discoveries of the newest adventurers to the north: scientists. Years of research, interviews and science coverage come together to explain the phenomenon of global warming, varied perspectives on its causes and potential effects, and the implications it holds for the frozen north.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 192 x 240 x 18mm | 598.75g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • Kingfisher Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • photographs and maps
  • 0753413299
  • 9780753413296

Table of contents

1 Half-title; 2-3 Title; 4-5 Copyright and dedication/acknowledgements; 7 Table of contents; 9-24 The North Pole; A first-person account of life today at the north pole, describing the tourists, trekkers and scientists who inhabit the icecap in the spring months.; 25-40 The North Pole of the Mind; This historical chapter discusses the romance that the pole has inspired in men for centuries, from Pytheus, a Greek explorer in 300BCE, who conjectured about Ultima Thule, to ancient Chinese navigators who realized that somewhere to the north lay a spot that would always attract the needle of a compass, and the myths and legends that Europeans developed about the frozen land to the north; 41-56 The Pole as Prize; A survey of the explorers who sought the pole and sometimes died trying. This historical chapter brings in articles and photos from 19th and 20th century CE exploration. From Lord Franklin and the subsequent explorers who sought to rescue him, to the 20th century conquests of Peary, Cook, Byrd and Amundsen. There is also a discussion of the Nautilus, the first nuclear powered submarine, which made an unprecedented trip across the pole under the ice in the 1950s, and contemporary adventurers who ski, swim and sled to the pole yearly.; 57-72 Poles past; Reaching as far back as 200 million years ago, this chapter explores the geologic history of the pole. Beginning with a time when there was actually land at the top of the world, it considers the larger issues of the how the pole has existed throughout the years. It also considers the International Geophysical Year study, which ran from 1957-1958 and involved international scientists in a concerted effort to map climate through studying geology around the world. Results indicated that it has been 50 million years since the North Pole has been free of ice, a new study spanning for 2005-2007 will add further information. 73-88 The polar puzzle; A discussion of global warming and its effect at the Arctic includes explanations of computer modelling and how it works, current and future scenarios for warming, and the scientists who are collecting and analyzing data in an attempt to understand what the future holds.; 89-104 A real open polar sea?; The uncertain future of the pole is explored in this chapter. Referring back to a 1950s Soviet scientist who envisioned using nuclear power to melt the Arctic ice cap and create an economic boon for Canada and the then U.S.S.R., this chapter considers the benefits and downside to melting in the Arctic, and visits Inuit leaders for their perspective on their changing world. This peek into the generations to come also considers the implications of oil fields under the Arctic, and the race to claim the North Pole under the 1999 Arctic territory treaty.; 105-111 Conclusion; 112-115 Glossary of scientific terms; 116-117 North Pole timeline; 118-122 Source notes and further reading; 123-128 Index.
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About Andrew C. Revkin

Andrew C Revkin has spent two decades covering subjects ranging from the Asian tsunami to the assault on the Amazon, from the loss of the space shuttle Columbia to the changing climate at the North Pole. He has been an environment reporter for The New York Times since 1995, a position that has taken him to the Arctic four times since 2003. He was the first New York Times reporter ever to file stories and photographs from the floating sea ice around the North Pole. His coverage of climate change won the inaugural National Academies Communication Award for print journalism, presented by the National Academy of Sciences, the United States pre-eminent scientific body. He has twice won the Science Journalism Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and, along with other prizes, has won an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award.
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