A Barren Place

Wrangel Island, 400 miles northwest of Bering Strait, is a forbidding mass of naked granite rock (35x70 miles), rising more than 2,000 ft. out of the Arctic Ocean. A dreary and blizzard-swept place, of tragic memory, it is nevertheless popular because of its possible usefulness as a base for future Arctic exploration by air.

Not the Russian General of recent military fame, but a Russian explorer who hunted about in the Arctic Ocean for this mysterious land in 1921, gave the island its name. He had heard...

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