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Arctic Research Laboratory Ice Station
In May 1960,
Ice Island T3 went aground near Wainwright, Alaska making study
programs ineffective. The island was abandoned again with the
station left intact for possible future use. As an alternative,
the U.S. Navy established a new drift station designated ARLIS
I. The freely floating island was only half the size of T3 and
was serviced from Fairbanks and Barrow.
for a more permanent drifting ice station, initiated while T3
was grounded, resulted in a new base named ARLIS II. Located
in 1961, the base was supplied and manned in fourteen days with
the last freight flight on June 14.
showed a drift pattern that would put it out of the pack past
Greenland and therefore created new study opportunities. It
was abandoned four years later as it passed the west coast of
Canadian NWT Barnes Ice Cap Expedition
party worked in Baffin Bay and Foxe Basin studying processes
associated with a "Cold" Ice Cap, and the history
of inland ice type deglaciation. The sponsor of the work was
the Geological Branch of the Canadian Department of Mines and
was taken from the field station to Frobisher and then by commercial
plane to Winnipeg.
Ice Island Arlis II is Replaced
evenutally floated out of the pack and down the Greenland coast
where it began to break up in 1965. A full occupation of T3 by
the Arctic Research Laboratory at Barrow was initiated on September
22, 1965 and the closeness to Alaska made mail service more frequent.
During the ARLIS II studies, the Ice Island T3 served as a fuel
Around the World Over Both Poles
not authorized on the flight although covers carried as official
mail passed through post offices enroute.
flight carried thirty working passengers to collect high altitude
pieces courtesy of George Hall)