Time to Eat the Dogs: On Science, History, and Exploration

Michael Robinson links us under Polar Exploration in his amazing blog, Time to Eat the Dogs which is a clever virtual library and archive of vast intriguing essays, stories and online collection references. He tweets, “I love it. The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning. http://t.co/gqigNnHS.”When I saw the name of his website I knew exactly what it was about.  Polar explorers under duress and means of survival.  Michael says “Welcome to Time to Eat the Dogs, a blog about science, history, and exploration. I am an associate professor of history at Hillyer College, University of Hartford. I study the role of exploration in science and culture. My book, The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture, winner of the 2008 Book Award from the Forum for the History of Science in America, takes up the story of Arctic exploration in the United States during the height of its popularity, from 1850 to 1910.”

At the International Polar Conference going on here in Montreal there is an outdoor photo display about explorer Roald Amundsen by the Norwegian government paying tribute to him but especially to the Inuit in Canada’s Arctic and the knowledge they shared with him. One survival method Amundsen learned and documented was to feed your weakest dogs to the healthiest dogs when times were seriously tough.

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