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Happening at UML - Icebound: Myth, Fact, and Fantasy in the J.I. Kislak Polar Collection

  • 1.  Happening at UML - Icebound: Myth, Fact, and Fantasy in the J.I. Kislak Polar Collection

    Posted 09-15-2021 07:27
    Join our Special Collections team for an online series of Deep Dives. Part of a series, these online events offer an informative, enticing, and educational look into a selection of images that are representative of materials in our collections. Learn about what we collect, how and why we do it, and get a glimpse into the fascinating world of rare books, manuscripts, and archives at the University of Miami Libraries.

    Icebound: Myth, Fact, and Fantasy in the J.I. Kislak Polar Collection

    Presented by Arthur Dunkelman, Jay I. Kislak Collection Curator

    Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT)


    The story of polar exploration begins, as in most Western thought, with the Greeks. They knew very well that the world is round, has a top and bottom, regions suitable for life, and regions not suitable, including Terra Incognita, as the polar regions were called. Little accurate information about the Arctic was known until the 17th-century explorations for Northeast and Northwest Passages to Asia. Slowly a picture of the great northern reaches began to emerge, and by the middle of the 19th century - after 250 years of lost lives and treasure - it became increasingly evident that there was no Northern Passage to the "wealth of the Indies". Conversely, the Antarctic held little fascination for early explorers, and the vastness of the continent was not charted until the middle of the 20th century, when aerial observation made mapping possible. Read more about the event here

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