Polar Explorer Jules Sébastien César Dumont d’Urville—1840

For a day he sailed through bergs and along a face of ice.  Land?  The bellies of penguins, when slit, scattered stones on the deck, a granite morse that said rock grounded what they passed. Adélie Land, he called it.  Named not for patron or ruler or favored lieutenant, but wife.   … an act […]