Science: Treasureless Island

No scientific expedition in North America in years has attracted more attention than that given during the past fortnight to a party, sponsored by Manhattan's American Museum of Natural History, which was exploring a lofty plateau called Shiva Temple in Arizona's Grand Canyon. Nevertheless it seemed to some skeptical observers that the expedition which started out with the trappings of a scientific romance, had by last week assumed the cap & bells of a scientific joke.

Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction. Shiva Temple was so named by Major John Wesley Powell,...