Science: 300 Miles to Alaska

Americans can stop worrying about the projected 1,500-mile highway to Alaska, because nature has provided another one, of which only 300 miles of road need to be constructed. So claims Arctic Explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson in the July issue of FORTUNE. Most of his highway consists of the Yukon and Mackenzie Rivers. His 300-mile road would connect the two rivers. Says Stefansson: "In North America the Mackenzie River, second only to the Mississippi system, is the historic commercial highway of northwestern Canada. It begins to be navigable at the head of rail north of Edmonton, and flows almost straight in the direction...

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