Science: Nuclear Harbor

The earth's surface was not sculptured for man's convenience, but nuclear explosives may permit man to do his own large-scale sculpturing. Last week the Atomic Energy Commission announced that in two weeks a party of scientists from the University of California's Radiation Laboratory and the U.S. Geological Survey will leave San Francisco for the dismal northwest coast of Alaska. Their purpose: to figure whether a harbor can and should be blasted there with nuclear explosives.

A long stretch of coast north of Bering Strait has no serviceable natural harbor, and the country behind it is believed to be rich in minerals, including...

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