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C. GERSON ganization, assisted by grants from the Rockefeller Foundation requested the International Polar Year Commission to oversee the indexing of data, distribution of reports, and reduction of the observations. The Commission continued its functions until 1946, when the International Meteoro1ogic:d Organization formally dissolved all permanent commissions. Iluriiig the 1940’8, the Commission suffered two major setbacks. The untimely death of its president (1942) removed the guiding spirit and vision of D.

LaCour and produced a serious loss. Also, the advent of World War I1 severely hampered the Commission in its operations. Even after dissolution of the Commission, the thought persisted that some arrangement should be made to continue the cataloguings and reductions. Since, also, some funds were still available, the International Meteorological Committee (Paris, 1946) established a Temporary Commission on the Liquidation of the Polar Year 1932-1933 under the presidency of J. A. Fleming. Originally, the TCLPY was to exist only until December 31, 1950, but later its life was extended for another year.

It is not possible in the limited space available to provide a complete listing of all projects included, stations occupied, or of the IGY geophysical studies in progress. Such a compilation would require a volume in itself. , the Antarctic, Arctic, rocket explorations, and satellite studies. With the unprecedented effort presented by the IGY to explore the planet, some of the difficult aspects of the programs were initiated early. Antarctic surveys by several nations began with the cruise of the USS Atlca (October, 1954) to Little America and the Western coast of Antarctica.

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