Fonds RBSC-ARC-1606 - Alfred Wegener fonds

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Alfred Wegener fonds

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RBSC-ARC-1606

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  • 1930-1932 (Creation)
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    Wegener, Alfred

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3 cm of textual records;10 photographs

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(1880-1930)

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Alfred Wegener was a German geophysicist and meteorologist who worked on the thermodynamics of the atmosphere and originated the theory of continental drift (the Wegener hypothesis), a theory which has won scientific respectability in recent years. He served on and led scientific expeditions to Greenland in 1906-1908, 1912-1917, 1929 and 1930. On the last of these he lost his life.

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The fonds consists of transcripts of documents from and pertaining to the Deutsche Groenland Expedition of 1930-1931 headed by Alfred Wegener and, more specifically, pertaining to his death while attempting to bring desperately needed supplies of petroleum from Weststation to Eismitte. There are also ten photographs.

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  • German

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