Science: Frozen Puzzle

As U.S. Navy planes flew up & down the icebound, roaring coasts of Little America, exploration was not the main purpose. But some genuine exploring was done. The Navy's Antarctic expedition was primarily interested in 1) bolstering U.S. Antarctic claims and 2) training Navy personnel for Arctic operations. Notable findings: great, mountain-bordered bays never mapped before (see map); a newly discovered peak, Mt. X-Ray (15,000 ft.); plenty of bare rock, of interest to mineral hunters.

So far, the Navy had not flown far inland. The blank space beyond the South Pole was still...

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