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The Scientific Exploration of Lake Tanganyika


THE committee for the scientific exploration of Lake Tanganyika (consisting of Sir John Kirk, Dr. Sclater, Sir W. Thiselton-Dyer, Prof. Lankester, Dr. Boulenger, and Mr. J. E. S. Moore) has lately received news of the progress of its envoy, Mr. W. A. Cunnington, who left England in March, 1904, under directions to continue the researches carried out by Mr. J. E. S. Moore during his two expeditions to Lake Tanganyika. Proceeding by the Zambesi and Shiré route, Mr. Cunnington was most kindly received at Zomba by Sir Alfred Sharpe, who granted him the assistance of two native collectors. Mr. Cunnington had instructions to devote his special attention to the lacustrine flora and fauna of Lake Tanganyika, and, as he passed up Lake Nyassa, began his investigations in that lake, in order to be able to compare its products with those of Tanganyika. On Lake Nyassa Mr. Cunnington was able to get a good number of tow-nettings from different parts of the lake's surface, and obtained, on the whole, a large quantity of its characteristic phytoplankton, besides a considerable amount of zoo-plankton, consisting mostly of Copepoda, Cladocera, and insect-larvæ. The temperature of the water of Lake Nyassa was observed to fall seldom below 70°, while the temperature at 76 fathoms below the surface was ascertained to be about three degrees higher.

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The Scientific Exploration of Lake Tanganyika . Nature 71, 277–278 (1905).

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