Science: Roerich Returns

Distressed by the fact that the disappearance of hardy grass from the U. S. great plains was releasing numberless tons of soil on the wind and making vast reaches of new desert, Secretary of Agriculture Wallace last spring sent an expedition to the Gobi Desert where, he knew, were sturdy grasses which could outlive extremes of cold and heat and drought. Expedition leader was bald, goat-bearded Nicholas Konstantinovich Roerich, painter, mystic, founder of Manhattan's Roerich Museum, habitué of Central Asia (TIME, Aug. 20, 1934).

Last week, after five months in the wastelands and some...

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