Ending in Ice: The Revolutionary Idea and Tragic Expedition by Roger M. McCoy

By Roger M. McCoy

An outdated truism holds clinical discovery has 3 levels: first, humans deny it's actual; then they deny it is vital; eventually, they credits the incorrect individual. Alfred Wegener's "discovery" of continental float went via each one degree with strange drama. In 1915, while he released his idea that the world's continents had as soon as come jointly in one landmass earlier than splitting aside and drifting to their present positions, the world's geologists denied and scorned it. The medical establishment's rejection of continental flow and plate tectonic idea is a narrative instructed frequently and good. but, there's an untold aspect to Wegener's lifestyles: he and his recognized spouse's father, Wladimir Köppen (a climatologist whose type of climates remains to be in use), grew to become desirous about climates of the geologic earlier. within the early twentieth century Wegener made 4 expeditions to the then-uncharted Greenland icecap to assemble information approximately weather adaptations (Greenland ice-core sampling maintains to this day). Ending in Ice is set Wegener's explorations of Greenland, mixing the technological know-how of ice a long time and Wegener's continental flow measurements with the tale of Wegener's deadly day trip attempting to deliver desperately wanted meals and gasoline to employees on the primary Greenland ice station of Eismitte in 1930. Arctic exploration books with tragic endings became all too universal, yet this ebook combines Wegener's deadly adventures in Greenland with the appropriate science--now extra vital than ever as worldwide weather switch turns into movie-worthy ("The Day After Tomorrow").

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