During late June 1954 the writer and G.F. Hattersley-Smith (Ellesmere Ice Shelf Expedition) made 19 line soundings, three hydrographic stations, and took 13 Phleger bottom core samples along the Ellesmere coast between Markham and M'Clintock Bays (approx. 83 00-15 N 71-77 W) In late summer, 25 seismic soundings (19 successful) were attempted through the ice shelf from Ward Hunt Island to Cape Discovery (approx. 74-77 W). Some results of the bathymetric program are given, also temperatures and salinities, and magnetic declinations. Soundings data are supplemented by those of R.G. Marvin on the Peary Expedition 1906 in the same area. Marvin's work is discussed by V.C. Bushnell, q.v.
Contains the text of an unpublished report by Ross G. Marvin discovered May 1954 at the U.S. National Archives. It recounts his journey of June 2-July 16, 1906 (during the Peary Expedition, 1905-1906) along the front of the Ellesmere ice shelf during which ocean soundings were made from Point Moss westward to Cape Richards (approx. 83 00-15 N, 67-79 W). Some results of the soundings are given in the narrative, but the data table accompanying the original report is not reproduced. Some biographical data on Marvin are given by V.C. Bushnell and his observations are compared (cf. map) with those of G.F. Hattersley-Smith and A.P. Crary during the Ellesmere Ice Shelf Expedition, summer 1954. An ice island photographed in 1947 is identified as part of the ice shelf as delineated by Marvin.
A review of the work, whether published or not, concerning the abundance, distribution, and propagation of sea mammals and fish. The areas covered, personnel, logistics of each year's expedition and stations are stated. Results are summarized on the hydrography of the areas explored (the entrances to Hudson Bay, Ungava Bay); common food fishes, their biology, breeding, growth, migration, etc.; walrus, ringed seal and beluga, their estimated numbers, migrations, food, propagation, etc.; geographical distribution and taxonomy; plankton. The Arctic Unit of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada with headquarters at McGill University is a development of these "Eastern Arctic Investigations."
Contains a description of the area at the base of Alaska Peninsula, (approx. 1700 sq mi estab. in 1918, and subsequently extended), and of the field work. Records are given of 16 species collected and a similar number sighted. Occurrence and distribution, habitat and food, parasites, habits, etc., are discussed. Fieldwork was carried out by Schiller in summers 1953, 1954, and taxonomic work by Rausch, as part of a research program initiated by the U.S. Park Service.
Information is presented on an occurrence and geographical range of Buteo lagopus; its nests and nesting habits in the Frobisher Bay area of Baffin Island in 1953; the young; food (mostly lemmings), nesting success; relationship with peregrine hawk, etc.
The news items include: 1) an account by J.R. MacKay and W.H. Mathews of 17 days' work at the Firth River archaeological site investigating geomorphic and stratigraphic problems; 2) studies on the flora and vegetation of the taiga zone of northern Manitoba by J.C. Ritchie; 3) a field and laboratory study of the ecology, life history and behaviour of ptarmigan near Eagle Summit, Alaska by Robert B. Weeden; and 4) a geomorphological and glaciological investigation in the Torngat Mountains of northern Labrador by J.D. Ives.