Observations

Diaries, letters, and field journals from the coast.

The Mystery of the 19th-Century Maine Marine Monster
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Before cameras and submersibles were commonplace, scientists had to rely on fishermen for intel on ocean creatures.

How to Fund an Expedition
Features

Charles Francis Hall had the courage to explore the Arctic—and the savvy to get the wealthy to pay for it.

In South Africa, Colonialism Was Written on Stone
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An ocher painting of a ship from the early 18th century serves as a visual reminder of the clash between indigenous peoples and settlers.

The Japanese Art of Sharing News
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A mélange of art, news, and propaganda, woodblock prints spread the word on everything from tsunamis to the latest fashion.

Attack of the Cartographic Land Octopus
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Far from just a way to avoid getting lost, maps have also been used as a means of persuasion.

For the Information of Others
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Consummate naturalist Ian McTaggart Cowan spent a lifetime documenting the biodiversity of British Columbia in detailed nature journals.

Consistently Lovely: the Exceptional Field Notes of Martin H. Moynihan
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From gulls to squids to monkeys, a Panama-based biologist melds art and science in his highly detailed field books.

Drawing Connections
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A traveling journal celebrates the art and science of shorebird conservation.

Manjirō Nakahama: From Castaway to Samurai
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The first Japanese person to live in the United States, Manjirō’s incredible journeys are seafaring legend.

The Subterranean Cartographers
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An intrepid team of scientists explores and maps the lava tubes of the Galapagos Islands.