Stefansson and the Canadian Arctic by Richard J. Diubaldo

By Richard J. Diubaldo

Stefansson's contributions to arctic exploration are massive. He came across many of the world's final significant land plenty within the Arctic and his hydrographic soundings defined, for the 1st time, the continental shelf from Alaska to Prince Patrick Island and printed the submarine mountains and valleys underneath the Beaufort Sea. whereas within the Arctic he lived with the Inuit, studying their conduct and language, and saved an in depth checklist of early Inuit society. even if, a few of Stefansson's deeds, and the factors in the back of them, garnered much less acclaim. in a single example Stefansson was once accused of forsaking send previous to the send was once overwhelmed within the ice, a heinous act for the chief of an excursion. On one other party, following a disastrous day trip to Wrangel Island within which nice numbers of the celebration died, Stefansson was once accused of intentionally deceptive contributors of the day trip and mendacity in regards to the perils that confronted them. The affair prompted Canada to turn into embroiled with the U.S. and the Soviet Union, and lots of argued that Stefansson was once extra fascinated about own status and monetary achieve than people's lives. used to be Stefansson a prophet or a profiteer, a sufferer or a villain? Stefansson and the Canadian Arctic finds the reality approximately this attention-grabbing personality.

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F. Stupart, was anxious to establish six observation stations along the Mackenzie River. 12 In addition, the small financial support and patronage of the Geological Survey was to prove fruitful. The financial support was most welcome, while the association would reinforce the professional respectability of the expedition. Moreover, the backing of the Geological Survey was to give Stefansson an insight into the mind and motivations of the Canadian bureaucracy and establish a valuable entree that led to the 1913-18 expedition.

The most prominent of these was Dr. Roblin A. 4 From known tidal observations, from the heavy character of the ice which everyone assumed was stationary, and from data provided by the polar drifts of the Jeannette (1879) 5 and the Fram (1893-96 )6 Harris not only calculated the extent of this unknown land, but divined its exact position on contemporary maps. 7 There was "something," indeed, in the Beaufort Sea, but its discovery would have to wait a further forty years. In 1946, Colonel Joseph O.

The time was opportune.

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