National Geographic : 1897 Sep
THE UNMAPPED AREAS ON THE EARTH'S SURFACE 251 Volcanoes, an exceptionally large and distinguished audience being attracted by the fame of the man who announced in Eng land on the day of its occurrence the terrible earthquake which visited Japan in June, 1896. The Anthropological Section also presented many attractions to the geographer, especially on August 23, when the proceed ings included a paper by Mr B. Sulte on the Origin and Charac teristics of the French-Canadians, an account of the Seri Indians, by Prof. W J McGee, Acting President of the American Associa tion, and a long discussion on the Evidences of American-Asiatic Contact, opened by Prof. F. W. Putnam, of Harvard. It will readily be seen from the foregoing that the Toronto meeting of the British Association was the occasion of many notable contributions to geographic science, and no apology will be offered for the presentation in forthcoming numbers of THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Of abridgments of such of them as are of greatest value and are available for the purpose. J. H. THE GREAT UNMAPPED AREAS ON THE EARTH'S SURFACE AWAITING THE EXPLORER AND GEOGRAPHER* By J. SCOTT KELTIE, LL. D., Secretary to the Royal GeographicalSociety, Editor of the GeographicalJournal and of the Statesman's Year-Book, etc., etc. We meet this year in exceptional circumstances. Thirteen years ago the British Association met for the first time in a por tion of the empire beyond the limits of the British islands. Dur ing these thirteen years much has happened of the greatest inter est to geographers, and if I attempted to review the progress which has been made during these years-progress in the exploration of the globe, progress in geographical research, progress in geo graphical education-I could not hope to do it to any purpose in the short time during which it would be right for a president to monopolize the attention of the Section. But we have, at the same time, reached another stage in our history which naturally leads us to take stock of our progress in * Presidential address delivered before the Geographical Section of the British Asso ciation for the Advancement of Science, at Toronto, August 19, 1897.