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Some Scientific Researches in the Region of Mount Everest

Nature volume 143, pages 545547 (01 April 1939) | Download Citation



ANOTHER expedition to Mount Everest has returned, with the primary object still un-attained. As in the case of the four previous main attempts (1921 and 1935 were reconnaissances), the weather conditions, associated last year particularly with a very early monsoon, must be held chiefly responsible for a further failure to reach the top of the world's highest summit. While understood to be essentially a mountaineering expedition, in the intervals of strenuously pursuing the main objective an effort was made by two members of last year's party to carry out a certain amount of scientific work. It is much to be regretted that such work, on the more recent expeditions to Everest, has been in no way encouraged, but rather discouraged, by those responsible both for their organization and their leadership.

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    , "Everest 1933", 312.

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    , Geog. J., 59, 418 (1922).

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    , ibid., 66, 289 (1925).

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    , ibid., 89, 239 (1937).

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    Personal communication.

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    , Geog. J., 92, 60 (1938).

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