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The progress achieved in improvements of actinometric instruments contributed to a rather rapid expansion of the actinometric observational network. The data on expansion of the network of actinometric stations are presented in Fig. 7. It is seen from this figure that the development of the world actinometric network was especially accelerated during the 1950s-the period of preparation for and conducting the International Geophysical Year. Although the number of actinometric stations now available is noticeably 4 GENERAL REVIEW OF INVESTIGATIONS 25 less than that of the meteorological stations that carry out observations of the principal meteorological elements, it is possible even now to generalize the available data of actinometric observations to obtain a number of conclusions of a climatological character.

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50. Slightly lesser values of albedo have been observed in the areas of deserts barren of any vegetation, with light-colored sandy soils. It must be indicated, however, that the albedo of deserts may vary within wide limits according to the color of soil. The albedo of a damp soil is usually less than that of a similar dry soil. 05. 25. Some observational data show that the albedo of forest (especially needleleaf forest) is in most cases slightly less than the albedo of low vegetation of the meadow type.

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