"I continued with unabated fervour to traverse immense deserts, until the ocean appeared at a distance, and formed the utmost boundary of the horizon. Oh! how unlike it was to the blue seas of the south!"

   The vague proportions of Victor's travels in pursuit of the creature are given sudden clarity by his arrival at the Arctic Ocean, the great mass of shifting ice that surrounds the North Pole. The pair have travelled thousands of miles across the European and Asian continents, finally entering the uncharted region being explored by Walton and his crew (See note to page 6).  Early cartographers were divided over whether to depict the area as land or sea, an ambivalence captured as the shipless Frankenstein continues his pursuit out onto the ocean's surface. 

Continuously updated scenes of the Arctic are available from the North Pole Environmental Observatory's webcams

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