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Arctic Scientist, Gulag Survivor : The Biography of Mikhail Mikhailovich Ermolaev, 1905?1991 (Paperback)

Author: Ermolaev, A. M.

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One of the most prominent Soviet Arctic scientists of the 1920's and 1930's, Mikhail Mikhailovich Ermolaev was a geologist, physicist, and oceanographer. In 1938, he was arrested by the NKVD, convicted on a trumped-up charge of "sabotage," and sent to the Gulag for eight years. After barely surviving a year of correctional hard labour in a lumber camp, Ermolaev was appointed to a sharashka, or professional team, which was charged with extending the railroad to the coal mines of Vorkuta in the farthest reaches of northeast European Russia. Still later, he and his family were exiled to Syktyvkar and Arkhangelsk. Remarkably, Ermolaev was eventually able to resume his academic career, ultimately establishing a new Department of the Geography of the Oceans at Kaliningrad State University.

Interspersed with biographical details are some of the major results of Ermolaev's scientific studies - his study of the periglacial environment of the Novosibirskie Ostrova, his geological surveys and glaciogical work on Novaya Zemlya, his investigation of the temperature profile of the atmosphere based on acoustic sounding, his successful search for the North Onega bauxites, and his search for rare metals, to name but a few. These few examples demonstrate Ermolaev's amazing versatility. Summaries of a number of his most important scientific papers are included in an appendix.

Ermolaev's son, Aleksei, was one of the authors of the original Russian-language biography published in 2005. His own recollections of his father's arrest and of the family's experiences while his father was in the Gulag, along with an excellent selection of family photographs, infuse Arctic Scientist, Gulag Survivor with a sense of immediacy and personal connection. Thanks to the expertise of translator and editor William Barr, Ermolaev's story is now available in English for the first time.


Publisher Univ of Calgary Pr
Mfg Part# 9781552382561
SKU 211302824
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1552382567
Release Date 8/5/2009
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0591
Publisher University of Calgary Press
Series Part 13
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