Science: Gobi

If seven maids with seven mops should sweep for endless years they could do little with the desert sands of Gobi. No ocean beats upon these sands; no sheiks beguile the tourist. In the heart of Mongolia in northern China the Gobi desert sprawls, 500,000 square miles of forgotten loneliness. Last week a distinguished German emerged from this loneliness and a U. S. expedition penetrated deeper into its mystery.

German. For two and a half years the German dug the brisk point of his intelligence into Gobi's secretive sand. Through the desert he trekked southward accompanied by obscure missionaries. When the sands...

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