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Published via the yank Geophysical Union as a part of the History of Geophysics Series

This moment quantity within the History of Geophysics maintains the final goals enunciated earlier-to current articles in regards to the social and highbrow heritage of the geophysical sciences, commonly outlined. all the articles were chosen from peer-reviewed fabric showing initially in different of the journals released via the yank Geophysical Union at the moment. those journals offered a complete of over 17,000 published pages in 1984. This History of Geophysics sequence is meant for a large and numerous viewers, to incorporate specialist scientists, scholars, historians and people eager about coverage experiences. reaction to our first quantity has been encouraging and we proceed to supply the ebook at an incredibly moderate rate.


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63, no. 26, June 29, 1982, pages 553, 555 A. E. Nordenskiold and the Auroral Oval Tuomo Nygren Department of Physics University of Oulu Oulu, Finland Johan Silen Sodankyla Geophysical Observatory Sodankyla, Finland In 1857, Adold Erik Nordenskiold (18321901), a Finnish geographer and mineralogist, was forced to withdraw from his position at the University of Helsinki because of a conflict with the czarist officials in Finland. He then moved to Sweden, where he became one of the most celebrated explorers of his time.

T:,f( Ct' oil. Ire ';UIIl L",lw ~'III;n. , . lrl. III 1r"'" Fig. 1. Auroral representation (UMiraculous sign"). (Courtesy Germanisches National Museum, Nurnberg) Fig. 2. (Courtesy Geomanisches National Museum, Nurnberg) ets, meteors, and other astronomical objects. These originated principally in Hungary [Reth/y and Berkes, 1960], Switzerland, and Germany. Unmistakable aurora pictures also appeared, but the populace still interpreted all these displays as miracles, divine warnings, or astrological prophecies (Figure 4).

The ship could not set sail any sooner than the following July when the sea was free again. After visiting Japan, China, and Ceylon, the Vega passed through the Suez Canal and finally, on April 24, 1880, arrived at Stockholm. The voyage of the Vega was not only a successful attempt to open the long-sought sea route from Europe to Asia via Bering Strait but also a well-planned scientific expedition. Nordenskiold's crew included several specialists (a botanist, a lichenologist, a zoologist, a hydrographer, a nleteorologist, and a philologist), who gathered material for different branches of research.

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