Arctic Exploration


    IT is now upwards of twenty-five years since the British Government sent out any expedition to those little known northern regions, the exploration of which has won so much glory to the British navy, formed such a splendid and peaceful sphere for the training of our sailors, and been so fruitful in the highest results to Science. Since that time, and especially during the last few years, every important civilised power in the world, except Britain, has been doing what it could to advance the interests of Science, which are coincident with the highest interests of humanity, by sending out expedition after expedition to force from the Arctic Regions the wonderful secrets which they have so long held in their icy grip. What has been done by other nations has been sufficiently detailed from time to time in these pages, and the knowledge thus gained cannot but be of the greatest service to any deliberately organised expedition which this country may send out.

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    Arctic Exploration . Nature 7, 117–118 (1872).

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