In the Wake of the Beagle

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New insights—some pertaining to global warming—are revealed in this study of Charles Darwin's travels in Australia and the South Pacific. Though Darwin spent only three months there, this investigation makes it clear that he plunged eagerly into the 19th-century world of collecting, surveying, and cross-cultural exchange in the antipodes. Focusing on the groundbreaking work of Darwin and his contemporaries—including Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley, and Alfred Wallace—this discourse describes their interest in the southern hemisphere's complex trading relationships, innovations in navigation, and suitability for scientific research on oceans and climate change.