The First Three Polar Years – A General Overview

@inproceedings{Bulkeley2010TheFT,
  title={The First Three Polar Years – A General Overview},
  author={Rip Bulkeley},
  year={2010}
}
The first general physical property of the earth that our ancestors began to understand, in the third century bc, was its roughly spherical shape. The second, about 1,800 years later, was its magnetic field. In both cases the scientists were able to construct small models of the phenomenon, and to measure and map local portions of it. By the eighteenth century ad both the surface of the earth and its magnetic properties were being mapped in some detail. 

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