Magazine article Geographical

Editor's Letter

Magazine article Geographical

Editor's Letter

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In deepest Patagonia a rivalry is developing between scientists. While many of the world's exploration `records' have been bagged, there seems to be a regular supply of geological ones still to be had. This month, we report exclusively on the latest claim from a palaeontologist in Argentina that he has found the biggest ever dinosaur. Having found a series of giant neck vertebrae in the desert, he claims the living beast would have been 40 metres long and 52 metres high. It may well be the biggest creature -- until the next find -- and it will certainly help fill in the gaps about our knowledge of prehistoric life.

Meanwhile those with a thirst for learning will be eagerly awaiting the opening of Bibliotecha Alexandrina. Billed as a revival of the ancient library of Alexandria, Egypt, this high-tech US$200 million library will finally open its doors this summer, after seven years of construction. It was in the library's predecessor, when Alexandria was one of the greatest cities on Earth, that Euclides devised his geometry, Archimedes developed his principles and Erastothenes calculated the circumference of the Earth with such astonishing accuracy. …

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