National Geographic : 1954 Apr
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY SIXTEENTH AND M STREETS NORTHWEST, WASHINGTON 6, D. C. GILBERT GROSVENOR, President ROBERT V. FLEMING, Treasurer HERBERT 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 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 HERBERT T. HENDERSON, Personnel Officer 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 Vice President, American Telephone and Telegraph Company DAVID FAIRCHILD Special Agricultural Explorer U. S. Department of Agriculture ELISHA HANSON Lawyer and Naturalist WILLIAM V. PRATT Admiral, U. S. Navy, Retired BOARD OF TRUSTEES ROBERT V. FLEMING President and Chairman of the Board Riggs National Bank ALEXANDER WETMORE Research Associate Smithsonian Institution HUGH L. DRYDEN Director, National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics RICHARD E. BYRD Rear Admiral, U. S. Navy, Retired JUAN T. TRIPPE President, Pan American Airways WILLIAM E. RATHER Director, U. S. Geological Survey GILBERT GROSVENOR Editor of the National Geographic Magazine MELVILLE BELL GROSVENOR Senior Assistant Editor National Geographic Magazine CHARLES F. KETTERING 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 ERNEST E. NORRIS Retired President Southern Railway System JOHN OLIVER LA GORGE Associate Editor of the National Geographic Magazine EMORY S. LAND Vice Admiral, U. S . Navy, Retired Formerly President Air Transport Association THOMAS W. MCKNEW Secretary National Geographic Society ORGANIZED FOR "THE INCREASE AND DIFFUSION OF GEOGRAPHIC KNOWLEDGE" To carry out the purposes for which it was founded sixty six years ago, the National Geographic Society publishes the National Geographic Magazine monthly. All receipts are in vested in The Magazine itself or expended directly to promote geographic knowledge. Articles and photographs are desired. For material The Magazine uses, generous remuneration is made. In addition to the editorial and photographic surveys con stantly being made, The Society has sponsored more than 100 scientific expeditions, some of which required years of field work to achieve their objectives. The Society's notable expeditions have pushed back the historic horizons of the southwestern United States to a period nearly eight centuries before Columbus. By dating the ruins of vast communal dwellings in that region, The Society's re searches solved secrets that had puzzled historians for 300 years. In Mexico, The Society and the Smithsonian Institution, January 16, 1939, discovered the oldest dated work of man in the Americas. This stone is engraved, in Mayan characters, November'4, 291 B. c . (Spinden Correlation). It antedates by 200 years anything else dated in America, and reveals a great center of early American culture, previously unknown. On November 11, 1935, the stratosphere flight of the world's largest balloon, Explorer II, sponsored by The Society and the U. S. Army Air Corps, reached a world-record altitude of 72,395 feet. Capts. Albert W. Stevens and Orvil A. Anderson took aloft a ton of scientific instruments and obtained results of extraordinary value. A notable undertaking in the history of astronomy was launched in 1949 by The Society and Palomar Observatory of the California Institute of Technology. This project will photomap the vast reaches of space and provide for observa tories all over the world the most extensive sky atlas yet made. In 1948 The Society sent seven expeditions to study the sun's eclipse on a 5,320-mile arc from Burma to the Aleutians. A Greek cargo ship sunk in the Mediterranean 2,200 years ago was found and investigated in 1952-53 by the National Geographic Society-Calypso Marine Archeological Expedition led by Capt. J. -Y . Cousteau of the French Navy. The National Geographic Society and the Royal Ontario Museum in 1951 explored and measured newly found Chubb meteor crater, 11,500 feet in diameter, in northern Quebec. The Society and individual members contributed $100,000 to help preserve for the American people the finest of Cali fornia's sequoias, the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park. One of the world's largest icefields and glacial systems out side the polar regions was discovered in Alaska and Yukon by Bradford Washburn while exploring for The Society and the Harvard Institute of Exploration in 1938. EXECUTIVE STAFF OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Senior Assistant Editor MELVILLE BELL GROSVENOR Assistant Editors FREDERICK G. VOSBUROH LEO A. BORAH F. BARROWS COLTON MASON SUTHERLAND GEORGE W. LONG Editorial Staff ANDREW H. BROWN ROBERT LESLIE CONLY BEVERLEY M. BOWIE LONNELLE AIKMAN STUART E. JONES ALLAN C. FISHER, JR. KENNETH F. WEAVER JOHN SCOFIELD NATHANIEL T. KENNEY JOHN R. HOPES ROSE T. MACBRYDE Foreign Editorial Staff W. ROBERT MOORE, Chief LUIs MARDEN FRANC SHOR HOWELL WALKER Librarian ESTHER ANN MANION GILBERT GROSVENOR, EDITOR JOHN OLIVER LA GORCE. ASSOCIATE EDITOR Assistant Illustrations Editor Chief Cartographer WALTER M. EDWARDS JAMES M. DARLEY Illustrations Staff CartographicStaff KIP Ross NEWMAN BUMSTEAD, Asst. Chief ANDREW POGGENPOHL CHARLES E. RIDDIFORD EDWARD C. FERRIDAY, JR. WELLMAN CHAMBERLIN HERBERT S. WILBURN, JR. ATHOS D. GRAZZINI LEONARD J. GRANT JOHN J. BREHM CARO STILLWELL, Librarian RALPH E. MCALEER Staff Artist and Naturalist APPHIA HOLDSTOCK WALTER A. WEBER RICHARD DARLEY PhotographicLaboratory School Service EDWIN L. WISHERD, Chief RALPH GRAY, Chief RICHARD H. STEWART, Asst. Chief News Service NEWTON V. BLAKESLEE Staff Photographers WINDSOR P. BOOTH, Chief B. ANTHONY STEWART, Chief SAMUEL W. MATTHEWS WILLARD R. CULVER Advertising J. BAYLOR ROBERTS GILBERT G. LA GORCE, Director VOLKMAR WENTZEL Geographic Research ROBERT F. SISSON GEORGE CROSSETTE JOHN E. FLETCHER DONALD McBAIN Editorial Research DAVID S. BOYER INEZ B. RYAN, Chief BATES LITTLEHALES MARGARET G. BLEDOE BATESLEHALES MARGARET G. BLEDSOE Printing Production Film Editor DEE JAMES ANDELLA JOSEPH M. RIDEOUT JOE M. BARLETT I II Copyright. 1954. by National Geographic Society, Washington. D. C. International Copyright secured. All rights reserved. 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