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Geographical Notes

Nature volume 24, page 364 | Download Citation



THE current number of the Geographical Society's Proceedings gives the paper recently read by Mr. Whymper on some of the geographical results of his expedition among the the Ecuadorian Andes, with a diagram of his routes, while Mr. W. G. Lock supplies a contribution on Iceland, which is published at a convenient season for tourists. Mr. Lock's paper refers chiefly to the Askja volcano, the largest in the island, and is illustrated by a map of the east coast of Iceland. In the “Geographical Notes” a brief reference is made to this season's Arctic expeditions, and we are informed that Mr. Leigh Smith has lately sailed from Peterhead on his fifth Arctic expedition; and on reaching Franz-Josef Land he intends to construct a house and refuge at Eira Harbour, and afterwards to get as far north as possible. A very interesting account is given, from a letter recently sent home by M. de Brazza, of the results of his explorations and of the advantages of his route to Stanley Pool by the Ogowé as compared with Mr. Stanley's along the north bank of the Congo. After some news respecting Russian travellers an account is given of Messrs. Soltau's and Stevenson's journey from the Irawaddy to the Yangtsze, to which we recently referred. Under “Correspondence” is a letter from Major H. G. Raverty on the Dara'h of Nur, which does not leave a pleasant impression on the reader's mind.

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