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Uncommon Grounds: Danish and American Perspectives on Greenland’s Geology (1946–1960)

  • Christopher Jacob Ries
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology book series (PSHST)

Abstract

Christopher J. Ries sheds light on the disparate goals of three diverse groups that created geological knowledge in post-World War II Greenland: the civilian scientists of the US Geological Survey Military Branch working in northern Greenland, an international team of geologists of the Danish East Greenland Expeditions led by Danish geologist Lauge Koch working in eastern Greenland, and geologists of the Danish Geological Survey of Greenland working in western Greenland. Ries argues that the interdisciplinary American group’s ultimate mission was to enhance the ability of military units to operate in Arctic terrains, while the two mono-disciplinary Danish-led teams attempted to balance academic interests in mapping and interpreting the structure of bedrock against more prosaic pursuit of profitable minerals.

Keywords

Military Operation Geological Investigation Military Installation Uranium Exploration Danish State 
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© The Author(s) 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher Jacob Ries
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  1. 1.Natural History Museum of DenmarkCopenhagenDenmark

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