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Nature volume 127, page 368 (07 March 1931) | Download Citation



THESE two small and beautifully produced volumes, although they bear no indication of belonging to any series, have considerable resemblance in their point of view and scope. Neither deals with new material nor is in the nature of a personal narrative, but both give useful summaries of facts of history and physical conditions. They are, in short, handbooks of scientific information. The volume on the Death Valley is the fullest and contains useful chapters on plant and animal life, in addition to sections on physical geography and geology. Each volume has some well-chosen photographic illustrations and a ‘cartograph’ or pictorial map printed on the end papers. That of the Grand Canyon country is so full of whimsical pictures scattered over the map that a popular use of the volume is suggested. The Death Valley map has no flights in imagination.

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