Northward over the Great Ice: Volume 1

Northward over the Great Ice: Volume 1 : A Narrative of Life and Work along the Shores and upon the Interior Ice-Cap of Northern Greenland in the Years 1886 and 1891-1897 etc.

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Robert Edwin Peary (1856-1920), the distinguished American Arctic explorer, is usually credited as the first person to have reached the geographic North Pole, in 1909. First published in 1898, this two-volume work recounts Peary's expeditions across the interior ice-cap of Northern Greenland in the years 1886 and 1891-7. It describes Peary's contacts with the local Inuit tribes and the valuable scientific discoveries he made in geography, and natural history. Peary also documents the discovery and conveyance to the United States of the Cape York meteorites, from which the Inuit had extracted iron, but whose whereabouts had been a secret. In Volume 1, Peary recounts his first two expeditions in Greenland. On the first, in 1886, he travelled over the Greenland ice sheet for 100 miles. On the second, in 1891-2, he and seven companions (including his wife) sledged 1300 miles to North-East Greenland.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 372 b/w illus. 8 maps
  • 1139152033
  • 9781139152037

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction; Part I. Reconnaissance of the Greenland Inland Ice, 1886. Objects and Results of 1886 Reconnaissance; Part II. North-Greenland Expedition of 1891-2: 1. Brooklyn to McCormick Bay; 2. Preparing our North-Greenland home; 3. Boat voyage to the islands; 4. Boat and sledge trips; 5. Through the great night; 6. Through the great night continued; 7. Imprisoned on the ice-cap; 8. Preparing for the ice-cap campaign; 9. Around Inglefield Gulf by sledge; 10. Equipment, routine, and beginning of the white march; 11. Over the 'Great Ice' to the northern end of Greenland; 12. Northernmost Greenland; 13. Eight thousand feet above the sea; 14. Boat voyage into Inglefield Gulf; 15. Search for Verhoeff, and homeward voyage; 16. Meteorological notes John M. Verhoeff; Objects and results of 1891-2 expedition; Appendix; Index.
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