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Buma, A. A. Scheepstra and R. Bintanja, 2016. Door de kou bevangen.

Geplaatst 15 jun. 2016 06:06 door Historie van de Oceanografie Club   [ 15 jun. 2016 06:15 bijgewerkt ]
This new book – ‘Fascinated by the cold : Fifty years of Dutch research in polar regions’ - was introduced during a symposium on March 8, 2016 at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences with a series of lectures, highlighting many scientific results. Exactly 35 years before that date my first cruise to the Southern Ocean ended. And I too was “fascinated by the cold”, and determined to return. This meant campaigning. Four years later, early 1985, a pilot project on Antarctic research started, involving – most importantly – jobs for four young scientists. These persons, supplemented with co-workers, are among the authors of the present book. Arctic research started earlier – hence the 50 years - and proceeded along quite different roads.
With great pleasure and admiration, I read the 235 pages, enjoyed the multitude of pictures. What a diversity of research subjects! Indeed a new Dutch branch established itself among the others about understanding our globe. The book is written in a pleasant style, also understandable by non-scientists and does not avoid adventures. It should find its way to the many readers interested in remote (polar) areas.
I wonder, however, why the book was written in Dutch, without summaries in English. It deserves a much wider audience.
With respect to the naming of the (Dutch) polar facilities in Antarctica: It is my firm opinion that Dirck Gerritsz Pomp did not see any part of the Antarctic continent or islands, in agreement with the conclusion by J.W. IJzerman in 1915.

Johan van Bennekom (bennekom@kwarteel.nl)

Buma, A., A. Scheepstra and R. Bintanja, 2016. Door de kou bevangen. Vijftig jaar Nederlands onderzoek in de poolgebieden. MaRiSuDa, Lelystad, pp.235 (ISBN 978-90-818264-2-6), 235 pp.

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