The ice balloon tells the story of sa andre and his attempt to cross the north pole in a balloon in 1897 the subtitle the heroic age of arctic exploration is a bit too ambitious for this volume and the examples chosen by wilkinson do not in my opinion do much to illuminate andres story. About the ice balloon in 1897 at the height of the heroic age of arctic exploration the visionary swedish explorer s a andre made a revolutionary attempt to discover the north pole by flying over it in a hydrogen balloon. Ice balloons chill out with a frozen water balloon and explore some beautiful science have a ball experimenting with a frozen water balloon and learn about water chemistry phase changes and density since bubbles scatter light of all wavelengths they give the ice balloon a white opaque center see photo below. The ice balloon npr coverage of the ice balloon sa andree and the heroic age of arctic exploration by alec wilkinson news author interviews critics picks and more. The ice balloon begins in the late nineteenth century when nations compelled by vanity commerce and science competed with one another for the greatest discoveries and newspapers covered every journey wilkinson describes how in andre several contemporary themes intersected
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