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Abstract: During the winter of 194647 a young Norwegian scientist, Thor Heyerdahl, conceived the idea of drifting with the currents across the Pacific Ocean to the Polynesian Islands on a balsa-log raft. The venture came as a result of his studies of South American and Polynesian archeology and ethnology wherein he was struck with the fact that there were a great many similarities in the two cultures which were separated by so many miles of water. Had the South American civilization been able to move westward across the sea and give their art, tools, plants, folk-lore, etc. to Polynesia or had the influence moved from west to east? That was the question which Heyerdahl wanted to investigate and prove or disprove.
Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 2, Number 10
Pages: 377 - 380
Cite this article: -,, "BOOK REVIEWS", NAVIGATION: Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 2, No. 10, 1951, pp. 377-380.
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