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280p. maps. bibliog. A popular narrative of the historic voyage of the Beagle in 1831-36 which included visits to such Atlantic islands as the Cape Verdes, Falklands, St. Helena and Ascension. The book's illustrations include colour reproductions of original sketches by Augustus Earle and Conrad Martens. 44 The Atlantic; a preliminary account of the general results of the exploring voyage of H. M. S. Challenger during the year 1873 and the early part of the year 1876. Vol. 1, 2. Sir Charles Wyville Thomson.

A history of the great age of discovery by a leading scholar in the field. The author traces the course of European maritime exploration down to the first circumnavigation of the globe and investigates the extent to which success depended on utilizing the skill and knowledge of the seafaring peoples in the regions explored. Two chapters, 'The Atlantic crossing' (p. 217-70) and its sequel 'A new world' (p. 244-70) discuss Columbus' voyages across the western Atlantic, and a further chapter 'West Africa and the islands' outlines the history of the discovery of the Canary Islands, Madeira, the Azores and the Cape Verde Islands.

For the benefit of those wishing to probe more deeply into the subject. It should be noted that additional material relating to nature and wildlife will also be found under the various island headings. Pollution of the ocean, which equally affects not only the fish, birds, whales and seals but ourselves, is a topic of some concern to ecologists and politicians alike. Readers will find listed under this heading some references dealing with the practical and legal aspects, including the controversial dumping of nuclear waste in the Atlantic.

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