30 Dec '11, 8pm

Dot Earth Blog: Notes from a Blogging 'Discomfort Zone'

[T]he illustration of the “Graves of the Companions of Sir John Franklin,” of which I have an original print, remains a bit of a puzzler: it appears to show nearly 16 graves, several with heavy stone monuments. It doesn’t match with the three known graves on Beechey, with their simple wooden markers, nor with any other known gravesite of Franklin’s men; I’ve always wondered whether it might be a mis-captioned image of some other set of memorials. The climate changes being visited on the Arctic are indeed tragic, but the loss is large, abstract, and difficult to grasp — one reason that the sad tale of the loss of Franklin and his 128 men has resonated through the ages, up to a point where the very forces which imprisoned them have now turned, topsy-turvy, to threaten us all not with a superabundance of ice, but its disappearance.

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