Europe: Under the Alps

A mighty blast echoed deep inside towering Mont Blanc (alt. 15.781 ft.) last week, and a thick wall of rock crumbled in a dense cloud of smoke and dust. A mile and a half down in the Alpine depths, tunnel workers from Italy and from France scrambled over the settling debris to meet in grimy embrace and exchange flags, helmets and undershirts. They cheered hoarsely: "Viva la Francia!" "Vive I'Italic!" Waterfalls & Soft Rock. It was the breakthrough for the world's longest vehicular tunnel, stretching 7.2 miles* beneath the icy, forbidding Alpine massif to join Courmayeur, Italy, and...

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