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Into the Unknown

How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air
Ross, Stewart (Book - 2011 )
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Discover how the greatest explorers in history plunged into the unknown and boldly pieced together the picture of the world we have today. With the help of masterful cross sections, dramatic storytelling, and sidebars that highlight key concepts, places, and technology, readers explore fourteen historic journeys.
Authors: Ross, Stewart
Title: Into the unknown
how great explorers found their way by land, sea, and air
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: [85] p. :,col. ill., col. maps ;,26 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Stewart Ross ; illustrated by Stephen Biesty
Contents: Fourteen amazing journeys: 340 BC Pytheas the Greek sails to the Arctic Circle
AD 1003 Leif Eriksson reaches the coast of America
1271-1274 Marco Polo rides the Silk Road to China
1405-1407 Admiral Zheng He crosses the Indian Ocean
1492 Christopher Columbus sails to the Caribbean
1519-1522 Ferdinand Magellan's fleet circumnavigates the world
1768-1771 Captain Cook maps the Pacific Ocean
1858-1864 David Livingstone explores the Zambezi River
1895 Mary Kingsley travels alone in West Africa
1928 Umberto Nobile flies over the North Pole
1932 Auguste Piccard ascends into the stratosphere
1960 Jacques Piccard dives to the Challenger Deep
1953 Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay climb Everest
1969 Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin land on the moon
Summary: Discover how the greatest explorers in history plunged into the unknown and boldly pieced together the picture of the world we have today. With the help of masterful cross sections, dramatic storytelling, and sidebars that highlight key concepts, places, and technology, readers explore fourteen historic journeys.
Additional Contributors: Biesty, Stephen
ISBN: 9780763649487
0763649481
Branch Call Number: j 910.9 R826i 2011
Subject Headings: Explorers Juvenile literature Discoveries in geography Juvenile literature
Topical Term: Explorers
Discoveries in geography
LCCN: 2010038720
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Discover how the greatest explorers in history plunged into the unknown and boldly pieced together the picture of the world we have today. With the help of masterful cross sections, dramatic storytelling, and sidebars that highlight key concepts, places, and technology, readers explore fourteen h... Read More »

Discover how the greatest explorers in history plunged into the unknown and boldly pieced together the picture of the world we have today. With the help of masterful cross sections, dramatic storytelling, and sidebars that highlight key concepts, places, and technology, readers explore fourteen h... Read More »

Discover how the greatest explorers in history plunged into the unknown and boldly pieced together the picture of the world we have today. With the help of masterful cross sections, dramatic storytelling, and sidebars that highlight key concepts, places, and technology, readers explore fourteen h... Read More »


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Feb 25, 2012
  • zipread rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air --- Stewart Ross As the title would have you know, this is a book about voyages into the unknown. A few of these are well known to all: Magellan’s voyage around South America and across the Pacific Ocean; the voyages of Christopher Columbus; James Cook’s voyages of discovery that took him around the world. Other exploits of discovery are perhaps not so well known: the voyages of Zheng He’s gargantuan treasure fleet; Greek Pythias’ travels to Ultima Thule in 340BC; the overland travels of Marco Polo to China in 1274. Other exemplars of voyages of discovery are not exploits of this kind. There are the Arctic exploits of Umberto Nobile in 1928 using dirigibles to achieve his objectives; the daring feats of the Picards to soar the hights in a balloon across the Alps in 1932 or plum the oceanic depth in their bathyscaphe. The write ups are by no means complete but there is certainly enogh material here to whet the appetite. Each voyage into the unknown chapter includes at least one excellent coloured line drawing with appropriate brfeak-aways to explain the vehicle (or a caravansary) used. Appropriate annotated maps are supplied where needed. A very satisfying book.

Jan 13, 2012
  • lms rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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