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INNOCENTS ON THE ICE

Behrendt, John C.

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ISBN 10: 0870814931 / ISBN 13: 9780870814938
Published by University of Colorado Press, 1998
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First ed. Near fine/Near fine condition, very slight over all wear to book and dustjacket. Inscribed by the author on the first title page, believe to fellow author Colin Bull. Bookseller Inventory # 033799

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Title: INNOCENTS ON THE ICE

Publisher: University of Colorado Press

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: First Ed.

Book Type: Book

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Innocents on the Ice is based on the author's experience and writings as part of a U.S. Navysupported scientific expedition to establish Ellsworth Station on the Filchner Ice Shelf. This expedition, undertaken from November 1956 to early 1958, coincided with the International Geophysical Year (19571958) which initiated the "scientific age" in Antarctica.

Behrendt describes the stress of experiencing the dark Antarctic winter of 1957, during which intense personal conflicts arose at the most isolated of the seven U.S. Antarctic stations. The tension was unrelieved by contact with the outside world, since there was no mail for the 9 civilians and 30 Navy men living beneath the snow and only occasional radio contact was made with families for a year.

The author also describes his explorations with four others of the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf system during the following summers of 19571958. Along the hazardous 1300-mile oversnow traverse in two Sno-Cats, the field party measured ice thickness and snow accumulation as part of an international effort to determine the balance of the Antarctic ice sheet, and they also made the first geological observations of the spectacular Dufek Massif in the then unexplored Pensacola Mountains.

Finally, Behrendt draws upon his 40 years of continual participation in Antarctic research to explain the changes in scientific activities and environmental awareness in Antarctica today.

About the Author:

John C. Behrendt is an internationally known scientist who has made 12 trips to Antarctica and traveled there in every decade since the 1956-58 International Geophysical Year expedition described in this book. He returned to the Weddell Sea and the Filchner Ice Shelf in 1958-59, and made pioneering aerogeophysical surveys over the Transantarctic Mountains and the West Antarctic Ice Sheet from 1960-64. In 1960-61 he led an oversnow traverse party to the southern Antarctic Peninsula and the Behrendt Mountains, which were named for him as a result of his work. He also led geophysical research programs for 31 years at the U.S. Geological Survey. Behrendt is currently a Fellow at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado, where he is investigating volcanoes under the West Antarctic Ice Sheet using airborne geophysical surveys.

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