Science: Ice Islands

Most of the Arctic Ocean is covered with spongy, saltwater ice only about ten feet thick—too thin to support anything more weighty than a family of iglooed Eskimos. Last week the Air Force reported that many hundred miles from land, aircraft crews of its weather service on polar flights had discovered ice islands with more important possibilities. Pictures of one of them were shown to an Alaskan Science Conference at Washington. The ice island is some 35 miles long and 18 miles wide; some parts rise 90 ft. above the frozen ocean. If it...

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