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The Scientific Scrapbook

Geographical Expedition Maps Unknown Territory


One of the few remaining unexplored parts of the world is a long-standing blank spot on the map of Alaska. Thanks to the mass of air photographs and data brought back by the Harvard University-National Geographic Society Alaska Expedition even this spot will not be filled with its quota of geographical features.

This district is particularly interesting to the geographer as it is an ice bowl, the greatest area of glacial ice known outside the Polar regions. Many of Alaska's most famous glaciers are mere outlet trickles from this-survivor of the Pleistocene Age.

The area is only a little distance inland from Junean, the capital of the great northwestern territory, yet until the coming of aviation an a means of geographic exploration it moved only as the grave yard for many a lost prospector in the old gold rush days.

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