Observations Made During a Voyage Round the World

Observations Made During a Voyage Round the World : On Physical Geography, Natural History, and Ethnic Philosophy

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John Reinhold Forster (1729-98), a scientific writer and translator of German origin, took part in Cook's second Pacific voyage, from 1772 to 1775, and published this study, which records his examinations of 'nature in its greatest extent; the earth, the sea, the air, the organic and animated creation', in 1778. He drew upon the ideas of 'the most ingenious men of the age' in constructing his observations on natural history and navigation. The first half of the book addresses the physical aspects of the world: earth and land, oceans, global changes and flora and fauna. The second half focuses on the anthropological origins of the people of the southern seas. The book was originally written as a popular travel narrative, and it remains an important publication which will appeal to readers interested in historical geography, zoology, ethnology, astronomy and travel writing.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 map 1 table
  • 1139056557
  • 9781139056557

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Remarks on the Earth and lands, their inequalities, strata, and constituent parts; 2. Remarks on water and ocean; 3. Remarks on the atmosphere and its changes, meteors, and phoenomena; 4. Remarks on the changes of the globe; 5. Remarks on the organic bodies; 6. Remarks on the human species.show more