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The Admiralty Magnetic Survey Ship

    Naturevolume 135page949 (1935) | Download Citation



    AT the sixteenth annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, held at Washington on April 26, the following resolution was adopted: “WHEREAS, The magnetic survey of the oceanic areas, carried on for 25 years by the Carnegie Institution of Washington, was brought to a sudden end by the destruction of the Carnegie at Apia, Western Samoa, November 29, 1929, in the course of a cruise designed to determine the secular change of the Earth's magnetism in all oceans, and WHEREAS, It is of very great importance, not only for the practical needs of the navigator but also for the effective study of the Earth's magnetism, that these observations be resumed at an early day, and WHEREAS, It has been announced that the British Admiralty has decided to build a non-magnetic vessel, designed primarily for securing magnetic data at sea, therefore be it RESOLVED, That the American Geophysical Union is highly gratified at this action of the British Government, assuring, as it does, the continuance of the ocean magnetic work, and expresses the hope that the construction and equipment of the vessel may be pushed to a speedy conclusion, and be it further RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be sent to the British Admiralty, to the Astronomer Royal, and to the Chairman of the British National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics.“In transmitting, this resolution, Dr. Isaiah Bowman, chairman of the National Research Council, writes, “All geophysicists must extend grateful thanks to the British Admiralty in making possible the further accumulation of data so essential to the needs of navigators and of scientific enquiry”.

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