Travels through the Alps of Savoy and Other Parts of the Pennine Chain

Travels through the Alps of Savoy and Other Parts of the Pennine Chain : With Observations on the Phenomena of Glaciers

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The renowned geologist James D. Forbes (1809-68) presents an account of his systematic exploration of alpine mountain regions and glaciers in this important 1843 publication. Forbes' graphic descriptions of alpine scenery and his mountaineering feats are combined with detailed records of his scientific research and experiments. The study cemented Forbes' reputation in the field, which was later to be commemorated by the naming of the Aiguille Forbes in the Alps and of Mount Forbes in both Canada and New Zealand. The aim in writing the book, says Forbes, was to 'illustrate the physical geography of a particular district in one of the most frequented regions of the Alps'. In doing this, he draws upon the important work of the 'bold mountaineer' Horace Benedict de Saussure, whose feats and achievements Forbes clearly admired. The book is still viewed today as one of the most influential and important publications on mountaineering.
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Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 50 b/w illus. 6 colour illus. 2 maps
  • 113909694X
  • 9781139096942

Table of contents

Dedication; 1. The Alps, and alpine travellers; 2. Some account of glaciers generally; 3. Of the geological agency of glaciers; 4. Description of the Mer de Glace of Chamouni; 5. Description of the Mer de Glace continued; 6. Account of a survey of the Mer de Glace and its environs; 7. Account of experiments on the motion of the ice of the Mer de Glace of Chamouni; 8. On the structure of the ice of glaciers, and of the Mer de Glace in particular; 9. The tour of Mont Blanc - Chamouni to Courmayeur; 10. The glaciers of Miage and La Brenva; 11. Environs of Courmayeur - geology; 12. The passage of the Col du Geant; 13. From Courmayeur to Chamouni, by the Col Ferret and Col de Balme; 14. Journey from Chamouni to Val Pelline, by the Val de Bagnes, and Col de Fenetres; 15. From Valpelline to Evolena by the Col de Collon; 16. From Evolena in the valley of Erin to Zermatt in the valley of St Nicolas, by the glaciers of Ferpecle and Zmutt; 17. The environs of Zermatt; 18. From Zermatt to Gressonay by the Col of Mont Cervin; 19. Gressonay - Monte Rosa; 20. Tour of Monte Rosa concluded - from Gressonay to Visp, by Macugnaga and Monte Moro; 21. An attempt to explain the leading phenomena of glaciers; Appendix; Index.
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