SUB-ICE POSITIONING IN THE ARCTIC BASIN

Rear Adm. Charles W. Thomas

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Abstract: tations in the Arctic basin as an adjunct to the program of the National Committee for the International Geophysical Year. These stations, known as Alpha and Bravo, complement USSR drifting stations North Pole 6 and North Pole 7. Station Alpha is about 750 miles north of Point Barrow, Bravo about 250 miles west of Ellesmere Island. The advantage of drifting stations as scientific platforms is obvious when one considers their movement through the Arctic pack through areas which are not otherwise accessible, where even the most powerful icebreakers could not be operated within acceptalbe logistics limitations. The drift of these stations involves a multitude of data on the earth’s heat and water budget, its crust and core, including the topography and sedimentation of the bottom. Thus, little by little, the Arctic basin is revealing its secrets.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 6, Number 3
Pages: 190 - 194
Cite this article: Thomas, Rear Adm. Charles W., "SUB-ICE POSITIONING IN THE ARCTIC BASIN", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 6, No. 3, 1958, pp. 190-194.
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