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1957 saw an explosion of activity in the Arctic under the banner of the International Geophysical Year.  Scientists poured into the frozen and unforgiving landscape to study ice, weather, magnetism and glaciers among a wide variety of disciplines with the aim of increasing our knowledge of the region and its implications on the so-called civilised world.

At the time, when scientists were making their tortuous journeys north and fighting to erect their heavy canvas tents, I was barely a year old. In the same year the launch of Sputnik heralded the beginning of an entire new era of technology.  It was a time of optimism and the future looked bright, we could be forgiven for not understanding the sinister fate that awaited the Arctic

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