National Geographic December 1903

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The Value of Arctic Exploration
In pursuit of the last great geographical prize, Commander Peary outlines his planned route to the North Pole – – by steamer to Cape Joseph Henry, then a sledging dash to the finish.
Surveying the Philippine Islands
Joint efforts between the United States and the local government result in a flood of scientific activity, including tidal observations and topographic surveys for revised charts and sailing directions.
Muir Glacier
The ice- clogged Muir Inlet, possibly the result of a September 1899 earthquake, prevents tourists from getting close to the popular glacier.
The U. S. Signal Corps
Linking Alaska to the United States with 1, 740 miles of wire, the U. S. Signal Corps braves rough roads and bad weather to install this initial telegraph system.
Notes on Panama and Colombia
The Republic of Panama and its more populous neighbor, Colombia, share a Spanish cultural influence and have several products in common, such as coffee and rubber.
The Grape- Growing Industry in the United States
The nation’s grape crop reaches an annual yield of nearly 750, 000 tons to be consumed as table grapes, raisins, or wine.
Precious Stones
Though the United States itself yields few precious stones, American gem cutters have developed the most efficient diamond- cutting methods in use today.

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