By Dian Olson Belanger
In the annoying Nineteen Fifties, whilst the realm used to be locked within the chilly struggle, U.S. scientists, maintained by means of the Navy's Operation Deep Freeze, got here jointly in Antarctica with opposite numbers from 11 different international locations to take part within the foreign Geophysical yr (IGY). On July 1, 1957, they started systematic, simultaneous medical observations of the south-polar ice and surroundings. Their collaborative luck 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 countries thrown jointly by way of the IGY from collectively cautious army, medical, and political cultures, technological know-how thrives at the present time and peace endures.
The 12 months 2007 marked the 50th anniversary of the IGY and the graduation of a brand new foreign Polar 12 months - a compelling second to check what a unique firm complete in a stricken time. Belanger attracts from interviews, diaries, memoirs, and authentic files to weave jointly the 1st thorough learn of the sunrise of Antarctica's medical age. Deep Freeze deals soaking up studying if you have ventured onto Antarctic ice and people who dream of it, in addition to historians, scientists, and coverage makers.
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