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Drift Station : Arctic Outposts of Superpower Science - William F. Althoff

Drift Station

Arctic Outposts of Superpower Science

Hardcover Published: 1st December 2006
ISBN: 9781574887716
Number Of Pages: 320

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Closed to conventional passage, the Arctic Ocean and peripheral seas have nevertheless known European explorers since the sixteenth century. Systematic observation, however, dates only from the last years of the nineteenth century, with the epic drift of Fridtjof Nansen??'s ice ship Fram (1893-1896), the first scientific expedition of the modern era. Twentieth-century technology???the icebreaker, radio transmission, nuclear power, and aircraft???opened the Arctic for survey, basic research, and observation. World War II saw the inhospitable circumpolar Arctic transformed into a theater of military operations. The Cold War and the missile age saw governments staking further claims, because only a relatively short arc of maritime boreal waste separated North America and Eurasia. The complex interactions of air, ice, and water that drive circumpolar systems also serve as engines of oceanic and atmospheric circulation. As a result, meteorology, oceanography, geophysics, and many other areas of scientific research in the region soon became acutely linked to the economic, political, and particularly the politico-military interests of the Soviet Union, the United States, Canada, and the other Arctic nations. In response, both superpowers established ???drift stations??????that is, isolated camps based on nomadic ice floes???to conduct crucial scientific research. During the Cold War, they were the objects of suspicion, particularly the Soviet stations, which often stood accused as bases for espionage. Today, with the world??'s climate system and global warming under study, Russian expertise, data, geography, and stewardship are crucial to the world community.

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-What historian William F. Althoff calls the 'White Desert' emerged as a key arena for superpower rivalry during the Cold War era. A world set apart, the Arctic has drawn over time a succession of explorers, scientists, aviators, mariners, and military figures to its inhospitable terrain. A geologist by profession and a military historian, Althoff is no stranger to the northern latitudes, having made three field trips to Arctic Canada. He masterfully shows how this 'cruel, vast, faraway' polar region attracted the United States and the Soviet Union over many decades, a rivalry where the pursuit of strategic military goals mixed awkwardly with ongoing strides in scientific research. Beyond the Cold War, as Althoff notes, the Arctic became the 'last frontier in oceanography.' His engaging narrative offers a fascinating blend of history and science, prompting a new appreciation of the Arctic polar region.---Von Hardesty, curator, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum--Von Hardesty, curator, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The White Desertp. 1
Red Star: "North Pole-1"p. 33
Fletcher's Ice Island, T-3p. 65
International Geophysical Yearp. 109
Arlis, Acoustics, Aidjex, and SPsp. 153
Global Change: Advoncing the Casep. 209
Epiloguep. 255
Arctic Ocean Drifting Stations Since the Ice Ship From Expedition of 1893-96, 1937-2004p. 265
Civilian Scientific Investigators, U.S. IGY Drifting Station Alpha, June 1957-November 1958p. 269
Primarily Acoustics U.S. Drifting Stations, Arctic Ocean, 1962-96p. 271
Research Projects Conducted on Arlis II, May 1961-May 1965p. 275
Polyarnik Personnel at Severnyy Polyus-22, Fourth Shift of the Drifting Station, 15 April 1976 to 16 April 1977p. 277
Ice-Island Regulations, Polar Continental Shelf Project, Government of Canada, 1990p. 279
Arctic Research Budgets, Individual U.S. Federal Agencies, 2000-2004 (In Millions of Dollars)p. 283
Plotted Tracks of Selected Drift Stationsp. 285
Notesp. 289
Glossaryp. 335
Selected Bibliographyp. 337
Indexp. 349
About the Authorp. 357
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ISBN: 9781574887716
ISBN-10: 1574887718
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st December 2006
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.67