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Dying Like Men

Dying Like Men

Adolphus Greely

Chapter:
(p.83) Chapter Four Dying Like Men
Source:
The Coldest Crucible
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226721873.003.0005

This chapter focuses on the Arctic expedition led by Adolphus Greely and his subsequent rescue by Commander Winfield Scott Schley in June 1884. The Greely expedition was organized by the U.S. Army Signal Corps to conduct Arctic research in a more methodical and comprehensive manner. In conjunction with other polar stations set up by other countries as a part of the International Polar Year, the Greely mission was supposed to measure atmospheric pressure, temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, and magnetic variation in the hopes of establishing comprehensive meteorological and geomagnetic models of the Arctic, and by extension, the globe. During the expedition, Greely reinforced his reputation of having both scientific and soldierly qualities by dutifully carrying out his scientific mission in accord with the Weyprecht plan. However, the haste of the expedition's departure and Greely's eagerness to pursue geographical discovery, contrary to the spirit of the Weyprecht plan, damaged the expedition.

Keywords:   Arctic expedition, Adolphus Greely, Winfield Scott Schley, U.S. Army, International Polar Year, polar station

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