National Geographic : 1942 Apr
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY GEOGRAPHIC ADMINISTRATION BUILDINGS SIXTEENTH AND M STREETS NORTHWEST, WASHINGTON, D. C. GILBERT GROSVENOR, President JOHN OLIVER LA GORCE, Vice-President ROBERT V. FLEMING, Treasurer GEORGE W. HUTCHISON, Secretary HERBERT A. POOLE, Assistant Treasurer THOMAS W. McKNEW, Assistant Secretary LYMAN J. BRIGGS, Chairman; ALEXANDER WETMORE, Vice-Chairman, Committee on Research EXECUTIVE STAFF OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE GILBERT GROSVENOR, EDITOR J. R. HILDEBRAND Assistant Editor MELVILLE BELL GROSV Assistant Editor McFALL KERBEY Chief of School Service JAMES M. DARLEY Chief Cartographer NEWMAN BUMSTEAD Research Cartographer CHARLES MARTIN Color Photographic Technic WALTER M. EDWARDS Illustrations Division CHARLES EVANS HUGHI Formerly Chief Justice of United States WALTER S. GIFFORD President American Teleph Telegraph Co. WILLIAM V. PRATT Admiral U. S. Navy, Retir LYMAN J. BRIGGS Director National Bureau Standards GEORGE R. PUTNAM Commissioner of Lighthous Retired THEODORE W. NOYES Editor of The Evening Star GEORGE W. HUTCHISONs Secretary National Geogra Society L. O . COLBERT Rear Admiral. Director, U.! and Geodetic Survey JOHN OLIVER LA GORCE, Associate Editor FREDERICK SIMPICII ENOR Assistant Editor M ENOR MAY LEO A. BORAH C Editorial Staff FREDERICK G. VOSBURGH Editorial Staff WILLIAM H. NICHOLAS Editorial Staff ian F. BARROWS COLTON Chi Editorial Staff BOARD OF TRUSTEES ES ROBERT V. FLEMING the President and Chairman of the General Board, Riggs National Bank LEROY A. LINCOLN one and President, Metropolitan Life Formerl Insurance Company C. HART MERRIAM C ed Member National Academy of Preside Sciences of DAVID FAIRCHILD Special Agricultural Explorer, U. S . Former Department of Agriculture ses, ALEXANDER WETMORE Assistant Secretary, Smithsonian Institution r H. H.ARNOLD J I Lieutenant General, U. S . A., Deputy Associal phic Chief of Staff (Air) and Chief, Army Air Forces GILBERT GROSVENOR Former S. Coast Editor of National Geographic gre Magazine W FRANKLIN L. FISHER Chief Illustrations Division NARD OWEN WILLIAMS hief Foreign Editorial Staff W. ROBERT MOORE Foreign Editorial Staff LEONARD C. ROY Editorial Staff INEZ B. RYAN Research Assistant EDWIN L. WISHERD ef Photographic Laboratory GERARD F. HUBBARD Illustrations Division JOHN J. PERSHING of the Armies of the United States CHARLES G. DAWES ly Vice-President of the United States nHARLES F. KETTERING nt, General Motors Research Corporation GEORGE OTIS SMITI ly Director U. S. Geological Survey ELISHA HANSON Lawyer and Naturalist OHN OLIVER LA GORCE te Editor of the National Geographic Magazine GEORGE SHIRAS 3D ly Member U. S. Con ss, Faunal Naturalist and ild-Game Photographer ORGANIZED FOR "THE INCREASE AND DIFFUSION OF GEOGRAPHIC KNOWLEDGE" To carry out the purposes for which it was founded On November 11, 1935, in a flight sponsored jointly fifty-four years ago, the National Geographic Society by the National Geographic Society and the U. S. Army publishes this Magazine monthly. All receipts are in- Air Corps, the world's largest balloon, Explorer II, as vested in The Magazine itself or expended directly to cended to the world altitude record of 72,395 feet. promote geographic knowledge. Capt. Albert W. Stevens and Capt. Orvil A. Anderson Articles and photographs are desired. For material took aloft in the gondola nearly a ton of scientific instru The Magazine uses, generous remuneration is made. ments, and obtained results of extraordinary value. In addition to the editorial and photographic surveys The National Geographic Society-U . S. Navy Expe constantly being made, The Society has sponsored more dition camped on desert Canton Island in mid-Pacific and than 100 scientific expeditions, some of which required successfully photographed and observed the solar eclipse years of field work to achieve their objectives, of 1937. The Society has taken part in many projects The Society's notable expeditions have pushed back to increase knowledge of the sun. the historic horizons of the southwestern United States The Society cooperated with Dr. William Beebe in to a period nearly eight centuries before Columbus deep-sea explorations off Bermuda, during which a world crossed the Atlantic. By dating the ruins of the vast record depth of 3,028 feet was attained. communal dwellings in that region, The Society's re searches solved secrets that had puzzled historians for The Society granted $25,000, and in addition $75,000 three hundred years. was given by individual members, to the Government tndey n when the congressional appropriation for the purpose In Mexico, The Society and the Smithsonian Institu- was insufficient, and the finest of the giant sequoia trees tion, January 16, 1939, discovered the oldest work of man in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park of California in the Americas for which we have a date. This slab of were thereby saved for the American people. stone is engraved in Mayan characters with a date which means November 4, 291 B. c. (Spinden Correlation). It One of the world's largest icefields and glacial systems antedates by 200 years anything heretofore dated in outside the polar regions was discovered in Alaska and America, and reveals a great center of early American Yukon by Bradford Washburn while exploring for The culture, previously unknown. Society and the Harvard Institute of Exploration, 1938. Copyright, 1942, by National Geographic Society, Washington, D. C. International Copyright secured. All rights reserved. Quedan reservados todos los derechos. Printed in U. S. A. Entered at the Post Office at Washington D. C .. as Second-Class Mail Matter. Acceptance for mailing at special rate of postage provided for in Sec. 1103, Act of October , 1917, authorized July 1, 1918. Cover design and names registered in United States Patent Office. Marca Registrada.