Science: Two to Tristan

To Tristan da Cunha, Great Britain's quartet of tiny, romantically named islands in the South Atlantic—Inaccessible, Nightingale, Tristan, Goughs—two young British explorers last week announced they would go for two years. Francis K. Pease, 27, veteran of two Antarctic expeditions, and Edward B. Marsh, 21, will take food to about 200 islanders on Tristan, reduced to a potato diet because their exhausted soil will grow little else. They will try to move the inhabitants to the virgin soil of Inaccessible, study meteorological conditions and the islands' possibilities as a South Atlantic airline base.


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