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The Proposed Continuous Polar Exploration

Nature volume 49, page 124 | Download Citation



YOUR excellent summary of the proposed continuous Polar exploration (November 2, p. 18) conveys a wrong impression in its closing sentence. The system may in the future assume large proportions; but the beginning, to be made next year, will be very small. It will consist merely in the establishment of the principal station at the south-east angle of Ellesmere Land, and 80 days' exploration along the west coast of that land. At most, an advanced depôt, erected some 100 miles farther west, may be so fitted out as to serve at once as a secondary station. It is not easy to see why this work should be postponed till Peary and Nansen have returned. Their fields are far from ours, and their results can shed no light on the area west of Ellesmere Land. As well might you say that the exploration of the Mediterranean should not be begun until that of the Baltic was completed.

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