Prussian explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was one of the most respected scientists of his day, influencing the work of Darwin. He is considered the founder of physical geography, climatology, ecology and oceanography. In 1829, the Russian government invited Humboldt to visit the gold and platinum mines in the Urals. As he studied the mountains' mineral wealth, he was the first to predict the presence of diamonds. During six months, his epic 10,000-mile expedition took him as far as the Altai Mountains and the Chinese frontier. Humboldt's observations on the geography, volcanic geology and meteorology of Central Asia, being then a largely unexplored territory, were acknowledged as pioneering contributions. The results of his journey also provided much of the data used in part of his great work Kosmos. The second volume of this book, published in 1831, deals with the hydrology and climatology of Central Asia.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - Earth Science Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)|
Table of Contents
Considérations sur la témperature et l'etat hygrométrique de l'air dans quelques parties de l'Asie; Recherches sur les causes des inflexions des lignes isothermes; Inclinaisons de 'aiguillle aimantée; Notice sur la position astronomique de quelques lieux dans le sud ouest de la Sibérie; Richesse de l'or dans la chaine de l'Oural; Notice historique du voyage de M. de Humboldt en Sibérie; Table des matières.