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Amid Snowy Wastes: Wild Life on the Spitsbergen Archipelago

Nature volume 110, pages 597598 (04 November 1922) | Download Citation



ALTHOUGH the Spitsbergen Archipelago is only six hundred miles from the north pole, yet, owing to its accessibility, due to the influence of the Gulf Stream drift which reaches its western shores, it has been much pg visited in the summer months by naturalists and sportsmen, with the result its bird-life is better known than that of a number of continental countries. Its ornithology is encrusted in a remarkable literature dating from 1598, which comprises no less than 150 contributions, and includes Prof. Koenig's “Avifauna Spitzbergensis,” which from the beauty of its meisenbach pictures of scenery, and its excellent coloured plates of birds and their eggs, is entitled to rank among the most attractive of bird-books, while its letterpress exhausts the historical aspect of the subject down to the year of its publication, 1911.

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