Fixing the Mess – Cleaning up the toxic legacy of the Distant Early Warning Line across the Canadian Arctic

Just came across this great article today. Thanks Arctic Junkie for showing it on your site!

Arctic Junkie

Up Here Magazine, October/November 2012

Martin Allinson landed at Cape Dyer with a bang. His DC-4 came down short of the runway, bounced nearly 100 feet in the air, then limped to a halt, its wings damaged but its tires miraculously still inflated. As the 24-year-old British-born electrical engineer shakily
disembarked, he gazed around at a surreal scene.

Here, on a high bluff at the eastern extremity of Baffin Island, were glaciers, fjords and sheer cliffs plummeting into the sea. Here, also, was a giant white “golf ball” radar dome perched on a barren hilltop, and several massive black panels resembling drive-in movie screens. There was a warren of roads and warehouses and two bustling, high-tech military villages housing a total of 200 men. It was July 1959, day one of Allinson’s new job as a radar and radio technician at the biggest station on the brand new Distant…

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