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Sir,

We feel that Mr. Diamond’s article in your March 1960 number 1 calls for some comment, in that (a) “Station Centrale” was in operation from 1949 to 1951, and not from 1949–50 as stated in Tables I and II and in the text on p. 560; (b) The co–ordinates of “Station Centrale” are given incorrectly in Table I, the correct position being lat. 70° 54′ N., long. 40° 37′ W.; (c) The location of “Eismitte”–“Station Centrale” in Figure 1 is incorrect, it should be at the intersection of the routes of Wegener’s expedition and of Project Jello; (d) Table I omits from the list of routes of major expeditions that followed by Expéditions Polaires Françaises (1948–1953)—this surely should have been included even though that of Project Jello (1955) coincides from “Station Centrale” to Camp VI with that of E.P.F.

These few comments do not alter the value of Mr. Diamond’s work, particularly as regards accumulation values.

Finally, we have a few remarks not directly concerned with the location of Expéditions Polaires Françaises stations and routes which we would like to mention: the surface area of the ice sheet is not 1,650,000 km.2 but 1,726,000 km.2; the co-ordinates of “Eismitte” are lat. 71° 11′ N., long. 39° 56′ W.; and the reference list omits Benson’s paper 2 on the work of Project Jello.

13 May 1960

Meetings of the British Glaciological Society

October to December 1960

19 October 1960, at the Geology Department, Birmingham University

Dr. Maxwell Gage (New Zealand) gave a lecture on

New Zealand glaciations and the duration of the Pleistocene

11 November 1960, at the Geology Department, Birmingham University

12 November 1960, at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge

(Joint Meeting with the Scott Polar Research Institute)

15 November 1960, at the Geography School, Oxford University

Dr. B. Fristrup (Denmark) gave lectures on

The preliminary results of the International Glaciological Expedition to Greenland

1 December 1960, at the Imperial College, London University

Mr. Peter Smith gave a lecture on

The glaciology of the University of London Jan Mayen Expedition 1959

The German Society for Polar Exploration

(Deutsche Gesellschaft für Polarforschung e. V. 1 Eckernförder Strasse, Kiel (24b)

The Committee of the above Society has sent an invitation to the British Glaciological Society to attend their General Meeting at Münster (Westphalia) on 11–14 May 1961.

If any member is able to attend he should get in touch with the B.G.S. Secretary in Cambridge.

Duplicate Papers

The list of duplicate papers in the Library of the Society is still available for distribution to members and can be obtained from the Editor.

Bound Volumes of the Journal of Glaciology

Complete Bound Volumes 1 and 2 are now available on application to the Secretary at Cambridge. See note on inside back cover.

References

1. Diamond, M. Air temperature and precipitation on the Greenland Ice Sheet. Journal of Glaciology, Vol. 3, No. 27, 1960, p.55867.
2. Benson, C. S., and Ragle, R. H. Measurements by SIPRE in 1955 on the accumulation markers of Expéditions Polaires Françaises in central Greenland. U.S. Snow, Ice and Permafrost Research Establishment. Special Report 19, 1956.