TERRITORIES: Antarctic Ownership

Explorers are flag planters. But Explorer Richard Evelyn Byrd in his flight across unexplored Antarctica to the South Pole last week dropped no emblems of U. S. sovereignty (see page 64). Domain over the ice-locked continent at Earth's bleak nadir seemed likely to be determined not by fur-clad flag-planters but by silk-hatted diplomats.

When the Byrd Expedition embarked more than a year ago, the British Government forwarded to the U. S. State Department a note expressing polite interest in the U. S. venture, but at the same time carefully detailing British claims to...

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