I always like to shift the responsibility for a book of mine to some one else, or at least to divide it. The chief responsibility for this volume is my wife’s, for it was her suggestion that I write an informal account of my conception of modern exploration–the exploration of today and tomorrow–as I have told it to her.
There was a selfish motive, too, for it may help to answer the questions which have come to me by the thousand:
“How can I be an explorer?”
“What remains to be done in exploration?”
After telling in the first chapter what this business of exploration has become, I have amplified some of the details by my own experiences in the field and out of it.
As a concrete example of modern scientific exploration I have given an account of the 1928-1930 Central Asiatic Expeditions in the Gobi Desert which has not been published in popular book form. These Expeditions were conducted with a background of war, banditry and politics in China, which made them interesting but exceedingly difficult.
Roy Chapman Andrews was an explorer and naturalist who lead expeditions to China and Mongolia in the early 20th Century. Andrews discovered many new species of dinosaurs and prehistoric animals, many of which are named after him. He is perhaps most famous for his discovery of the first known dinosaur eggs.