Ultima Thule


THE writer of this book is well known for his long campaign to establish the idea of the 'friendly' Arctic. The present volume continues the campaign, although the approach is rather different. The main theme is to prove “the strong hold of classic theory upon the minds of our contemporaries”. An appeal is therefore made to history in an attempt to show that Pytheas and Columbus, who, it is argued, knew the facts about Arctic conditions, were better informed than the modern climatologist, who insists that the Arctic is really a cold part of the world.

Ultima Thule

Further Mysteries of the Arctic. By Vilhjalmur Stefansson. Pp. 256. (London, Toronto, Bombay and Sydney : George G. Harrap and Co., Ltd., 1942.) 10s. 6d. net.

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BAKER, J. Ultima Thule. Nature 151, 264 (1943). https://doi.org/10.1038/151264a0

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