EXHIBIT: Exploring Canada's Frozen Outback

Science  24 Jan 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5606, pp. 485b
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5606.485b

On 1 January 1894, J. B. Tyrrell and his brother rode a dogsled into the frontier town of West Selkirk in Manitoba, Canada. The two had traveled more than 5000 kilometers by canoe, sled, and on foot as part of the first survey party to cross the “Barren Lands,” the huge unexplored area west of Hudson's Bay. Despite hardships that included dysentery, near starvation, and vicious cold, J. B. Tyrrell returned to the Barren Lands for a second season of exploring. At this site from the University of Toronto Libraries, you can follow the progress of this famous Canadian geologist's expeditions to the northland.

Interactive maps and day-by-day chronologies link to some 5000 photos, letters, original maps, diary entries, press clippings, and other documents. Above, for example, the explorers have befriended a young moose along the Athabasca River in Alberta. Tyrrell's teams helped fill in maps of the region, brought back a trove of geological specimens, and gathered valuable anthropological data, such as the first photographs of the Caribou Inuit. The site includes a biography of Tyrrell, who is also known for discovering rich dinosaur deposits.

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