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Lewis and Clark

Weather and Climate Data from the Expedition Journals

Preston, Vernon

2007, 544 p. 57 illus., 54 illus. in color.

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  • Focuses on the weather-related challenges on the Lewis and Clark expedition
  • Acts as a key resource for scientists researching climate history
  • With numerous illustrations
The Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803-1806 systematically recorded weather and climate data during their 4,162-mile journey across largely uncharted territory. This data, organized by date and complemented by route descriptions and 50 color photos and historical maps, creates a fascinating look at the weather-related challenges that, at times, nearly derailed the Corps of Discovery from completing its mission and returning safely. Lewis and Clark is both a compelling read for weather and history buffs and a key resource for scientists researching climate history.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Corps of Discovery - Meriwether Lewis - Meteorology - Weather - William Clark

Related subjects » Atmospheric Sciences - History of Science - Life Sciences - Meteorology

Table of contents 

Meteorology and the Corps of Discovery.- Meteorological Synopsis of the Expedition.- The Expedition Journals.- Excerpts from the Weather Diary and Narrative Journals.- East of the Mississippi.- Camp Dubois.- Ascending the Missouri River.- Fort Mandan.- To the Pacific.- Fort Clatsop.- Return to St. Louis.

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