By Dian Olson Belanger
In the demanding Fifties, at the same time the realm used to be locked within the chilly battle, U.S. scientists, maintained by means of the Navy's Operation Deep Freeze, got here jointly in Antarctica with opposite numbers from 11 different nations to take part within the foreign Geophysical yr (IGY). On July 1, 1957, they begun systematic, simultaneous clinical observations of the south-polar ice and surroundings. Their collaborative good fortune over eighteen months encouraged the Antarctic Treaty of 1959, which formalized their peaceable pursuit of medical wisdom. nonetheless construction at the achievements of the participants and distrustful international locations thrown jointly by means of the IGY from collectively cautious army, medical, and political cultures, technological know-how flourishes this day and peace endures.
The 12 months 2007 marked the 50th anniversary of the IGY and the graduation of a brand new overseas Polar 12 months - a compelling second to check what a unique company entire in a afflicted time. Belanger attracts from interviews, diaries, memoirs, and reliable documents to weave jointly the 1st thorough learn of the sunrise of Antarctica's medical age. Deep Freeze bargains soaking up examining in the event you have ventured onto Antarctic ice and those that dream of it, in addition to historians, scientists, and coverage makers.
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