The 1903-04 mission to China was Maine native
R. Harvey Sargents first adventure
abroad. During the expedition, Sargent collected data for topographic
maps, which in 1910 won a gold medal from the Geographic Society
He went on to a productive career as explorer, mapmaker, author,
educator, and lecturer. Sargent spent 28 mapping seasons in Alaska,
returned to China in 1917 to lecture at the Military Mapping Institute,
and conducted early topographic mapmaking operations in South America.
His many accomplishments include discovery
of Aniakchak Crater (the worlds
largest extinct volcano, now the Aniakchak National Monument), discovery
of the largest ice cap on U.S. territory, and collaboration with
the U.S. Navy in 1929 on pioneer aerial mapping operations.
Son of a master mariner, and a product of the
best traditions and value systems of rural Maine, Harvey Sargent
became a model for three succeeding generations