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The Land Work of the Belgian Antarctic Expedition

Nature volume 63, pages 516519 (28 March 1901) | Download Citation



AT the present moment the Antarctic problem is mainly that of the forthcoming expeditions, and during their preparation every fact bearing upon the conditions, physical and official, in which the scientific staffs will have to work has a special interest. So far the Belgian expedition has yielded most information of a useful kind, and the two latest papers of its enthusiastic geologist, M. Henryk Argtowski, are of more than usual value.1 The general account of the expedition contains nothing that will be new to our readers. M. Argtowski concludes it by the observation that while the scientific results have been varied and satisfactory, the chief outcome is that the great public has been acquainted with the paucity of our knowledge of the Antarctic area, and shown how trifling is the work accomplished compared with that which remains to be done.


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    "L'Exoédition Antarctique belge," Revue Générale des Sciences, 12 (1901), 87–94. "Exploration of Anatrctic Lands," Geographical Journal, 17 (1901), 150–180.

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    Bull. Soc. Géol. France., 1895, p. 590

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