National Geographic : 1953 May
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY SIXTEENTH AND M STREETS NORTHWEST, WASHINGTON 6, D. C. GILBERT GROSVENOR, President ROBERT V. FLEMING, Treasurer IERBERT A. POOLE, Assistant Treasurer IIILLEARY F. HOSKINSON, Assistant Treasurer LYMAN J. BRIGGS, Chairman, Research Committee ALEXANDER WETMORE, Vice-Chairman, Research Committee SIBYL PECK, Assistant to the President GEORGE C. MARSHALL General of the Army Formerly Secretary of Defense CURTIS E. LEMAY General, U. S. Air Force, Commanding Strategic Air Command LEROY A. LINCOLN Chairman of the Board Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. LYMAN J. BRIGGS Director, National Bureau of Standards, Retired H. RANDOLPH MADDOX President, Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Companies DAVID FAIRCHILD Special Agricultural Explorer U. S. Department of Agriculture GORGER. PUTNAM Commissioner of Lighthouses, Retired FRANKLIN L. FISHER Illustrations Editor National Geographic Magazine BOARD OF TRUST ROBERT V. FLEMING President and Chairman of the Riggs National Bank ALEXANDER WETMORE Research Associate Smithsonian Institution HUGH L. DRYDEN Director, National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics WILLIAM V. PRATT Admiral, U. S. Navy, Retire JUAN T. TRIPPE President, Pan American Airw WILLIAM E. RATHER Director, U. S. Geological Sur ELISHA HANSON Lawyer and Naturalist GILBERT GROSVENOR Editor of the National Geogra Magazine MELVILLE BELL GROSVEI Senior Assistant Editor National Geographic Magazi JOHN OLIVER LA GORGE, Vice-President THOMAS W. McKNEW, Secretary VERNON H. BREWSTER, Assistant Secretary MELVIN M. PAYNE, Assistant Secretary KURTZ M. HANSON, Assistant Secretary ROBERT E. DOYLE, Assistant Secretary MABEL F. STRIDER, Personnel Officer EES CHARLES F. KETTERING Board Consultant and Director General Motors Corporation LLOYD B. WILSON Formerly Chairman of the Board Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Companies L. O. COLBERT Rear Admiral U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, Retired d ERNEST E. NORRIS Chairman of the Board ays Southern Railway Company JOHN OLIVER LA GORCE vey Associate Editor of the National Geographic Magazine EMORY S. LAND Vice Admiral, Construction Corps phic U. S. Navy, Retired; President Air Transport Association NOR THOMAS W. McKNEW Secretary ne National Geographic Society ORGANIZED FOR "THE INCREASE AND DIFFUSION OF GEOGRAPHIC KNOWLEDGE" To carry out the purposes for which it was founded sixty- On November 11, 1935, in a flight sponsored jointly by the five years ago, the National Geographic Society publishes The National Geographic Society and the U. S. Army Air Corps, National Geographic Magazine monthly. All receipts are in- the world's largest balloon, Explorer II, ascended to the world vested in The Magazine itself or expended directly to promote altitude record of 72,395 feet. Capt. Albert W. Stevens and geographic knowledge. Capt. Orvil A. Anderson took aloft in the gondola a ton of scien Articles and photographs are desired. For material The tific instruments and obtained results of extraordinary value. Magazine uses, generous remuneration is iiade. A notable undertaking in the history of astronomy was launched in 1949 by The Society in cooperation with the In addition to the editorial and photographic surveys con- Palomar Observatory of the California Institute of Technology. stantly being made, The Society has sponsored more than 100 This project will require four years to photomap the vast scientific expeditions, some of which required years of field reaches of space, and will provide the first sky atlas for observa work to achieve their objectives, tories all over the world. The Society's notable expeditions have pushed back the In 1948 The Society sent seven expeditions to study the Sun's historic horizons of the southwestern United States to a period eclipse on a 5,320-mile arc from Burma to the Aleutians. nearly eight centuries before Columbus crossed the Atlantic. The National Geographic Society and the Royal Ontario By dating the ruins of the vast communal dwellings in that Museum in 1951 explored and measured newly found Chubb region, The Society's researches solved secrets that had puzzled meteor crater, 11,500 feet in diameter, in northern Quebec. historians for three hundred years. The Society granted $25,000, and in addition $75,000 was In Mexico, The Society and the Smithsonian Institution, contributed by individual members, to help preserve for the January 16, 1939, discovered the oldest work of man in the American people the finest of the giant sequoia trees in the Americas for which we have a date. This slab of stone is en- Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park of California. graved in Mayan characters with a date which means Novem- One of the world's largest icefields and glacial systems out ber 4, 291 B. c . (Spinden Correlation). It antedates by 200 side the polar regions was discovered in Alaska and Yukon by years anything heretofore dated in America, and reveals a Bradford Washburn while exploring for The Society and the great center of early American culture, previously unknown. Harvard Institute of Exploration, 1938. EXECUTIVE STAFF OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE GILBERT GROSVENOR, EDITOR JOHN OLIVER LA GORCE, ASSOCIATE EDITOR Senior Assistant Editor MELVILLE BELL GROSVENOR Assistant Editors FREDERICK G. VOSBURGH LEO A. BORAH F. BARROWS COLTON MASON SUTHERLAND Editorial Staff GEORGE W. LONG ANDREW II. BROWN ROBERT LESLIE CONLY BEVERLEY M. BOWIE LONNELLE AIKMAN STUART E. JONES ALLAN C. FISHER, JR. LEONARD J. GRANT ROSE T. MACBRYDE, Administration Foreign Editorial Staff MAYNARD OWEN WILLIAMS, Chief W. ROBERT MOORE LuIs MARDEN HOWELL WALKER Editorial Research INEZ B. RYAN MARGARET G. BLEDSOE Chief Cartographer JAMES M. DARLEY CartographicStaff NEWMAN BUMSTEAD, Asst. Chief CHARLES E. 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