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shining ports of the Pacific coast: the cameo city of Vancouver, where residents set their watches by a 9 o'clock gun, and on to quaint Victoria-so English "that it brings tea to the eyes," reports one of our authors. Later, we trudge over the rocky Chilkoot Trail, follow ing the dream-driven prospectors of 1898 into the gold-rush country. "Inner Space" Holds Exciting Promise Last December I explored two of the world's most beautiful nature trails. Main tained by the U. S. National Park Service, they lie off the islands of St. John and St. Croix in the Virgin Islands-10 to 20 feet be neath the blue Caribbean. Here, for a view of one of our underwater parks, I put on snorkel and flippers to follow a guide through fanta sies in coral, canyons and grottoes, and crystal water flashing with brightly colored tropical fish. Waterproof signs and pictures along the bottom told me the names and habits of the plants and animals I saw as I floated effort- LIIAL-HKUM.IT I Alt LIIILt HALt5 k NATIONALUUGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY lessly above them. What a thrilling sight! This new kind of park is only one of many things you will see and read about in World Beneath the Sea, the second book in our series. The author, James Dugan, wrote a history of underwater exploration, Man Under the Sea, which has been translated into seven lan guages. He has collaborated with Capt. Jacques-Yves Cousteau on The Living Sea and several other books. In our new book we dive with the author in a hydro-jet-propelled, two-man Diving Sau cer to Conshelf III. Here, in the Mediterranean off Cap Ferrat, we visit six men living for nearly a month 328 feet beneath the sea. We also watch life at other undersea stations, all preparing for the day when man may build vil lages, farms, and factories beneath the ocean. We read of man's early attempts to invade the sea depths in bells and iron helmets; of the invention of the Aqua-Lung, and of the new miniature submersibles, like those of Ed win A. Link, designed for deep-sea research.