National Affairs: Keep Antarctica Green!

So pure and pristine is the cold air of Antarctica it has been said that no wood rots, no metal rusts, no food decays, few bugs survive. But U.S. interservice rivalry flourishes there. Most recent example: the argument over the marking of the 6,000-ft. ice landing-strip runway at McMurdo Sound. Navy ground crews insisted upon marking ends of the runway Navy-style, with oil barrels painted black, or even—as a concession to Air Force protests—by painting some of the barrels orange. The Air Force cargo pilots, who fly in from New Zealand, held out...

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