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On the Results of a Deep-Sea Sounding Expedition in the North Atlantic during the Summer of 1899

Naturevolume 63pages487488 (1901) | Download Citation



THIS little book, the latest of the “Extra Publications” of the Royal Geographical Society, ought effectually to attain at least one of its main objects, which is “to call attention to the assistance that Telegraph Cable Companies render towards improving our knowledge of the character and condition of the ocean's bed.” The immense amount of valuable work done at sea every day by the commanders and officers of all kinds of ships deserves far more cordial recognition than it usually receives, especially in this country. The ordinary navigation of a ship involves daily observations of quite as great difficulty and complexity as any in the routine scientific work of a deep-sea expedition, and sailors not only have done, and do, much in the way of special observations of all kinds, but they are able and willing to do more. All they need is to be told what is wanted, and to be encouraged occasionally by satisfactory evidence that their labour is not thrown away. It may be hoped that the inauguration of the British Pilot Chart of the North Atlantic, and the publication of a paper like the present by the Royal Geographical Society, will lead to still fuller recognition of what must probably remain the only available methods of systematic and continuous investigation in ocean meteorology and oceanography.

On the Results of a Deep-Sea Sounding Expedition in the North Atlantic during the Summer of 1899.

By R. E. Peake With Notes on the Temperature Observations and Depths, and a Description of the Deep-Sea Deposits in this Area. By Sir John Murray, K.C.B., F.R.S. Pp. 44. (London: John Murray, 1901.) Price 5s.

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