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A gripping tale of exploration aboard H.M.S. Challenger, an expedition that laid the foundations for modern oceanography.

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A gripping tale of exploration aboard H.M.S. Challenger, an expedition that laid the foundations for modern oceanography.

From late 1872 to 1876, H.M.S. Challenger explored the world's oceans. Conducting deep sea soundings, dredging the ocean floor, recording temperatures, observing weather, and collecting biological samples, the expedition laid the foundations for modern oceanography. Following the ship's naturalists and their discoveries, earth scientist Doug Macdougall engagingly tells a story of Victorian-era adventure and ties these early explorations to the growth of modern scientific fields.

In this lively story of adventure, hardship, and humor, Macdougall examines the work of the expedition's scientists, especially the naturalist Henry Moseley, who rigorously categorized the flora and fauna of the islands the ship visited, and the legacy of John Murray, considered the father of modern oceanography. Macdougall explores not just the expedition itself but also the iconic place that H.M.S. Challenger has achieved in the annals of ocean exploration and science.

“Runnette is a steady, unobtrusive narrator who fits his voice to the pace and spirit of his narrative and is pleasantly free of accent and affect.” ---AudioFile

Endless Novelties of Extraordinary Interest

The Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger and the Birth of Modern Oceanography

Author Doug Macdougall

Narrated by Sean Runnette

Publication date Aug 20, 2019

Running time 9 hrs

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