National Geographic : 1953 Mar
United Press Photo Savannah River Plant Harnesses Power Like the Sun's Atomic Energy Commission's sprawling in stallation near Aiken makes materials for hy drogen and atomic bombs. The H-bomb, which fuses hydrogen into helium, as do the stars, has such unlimited and terrifying force that it seem ingly offers the alternatives of wiping out civi lization or stopping warfare altogether. The Federal Government has uprooted 6,000 resi dents and spent more than a billion dollars on this South Carolina project (page 321). Asterisk-shaped buildings house administra tive offices. Guards check all persons entering or leaving. the home of Archibald Rutledge, poet laureate of the State. Other historic houses of the neighborhood are Fairfield, Harrietta, and the Wedge. Just beyond the north branch of the Santee I came to a road which leads off to the east to Estherville Plantation on Winyah Bay. At Estherville in 1758 a boldly imaginative planter, McKewn Johnstone, conceived the tidal system of rice culture. Johnstone made possible enormous ex pansion of rice planting by showing his compatriots how to utilize the fresh water tides in the many Low Country U.S.ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION SAVANNAH RIVER OPERATIONS OFFICE CAMERAS.FILM .BOMBS. INCENDIARIES. FIELD GLASSES.BINOCULARS.ELECTRONIC SENDING E RECEIVINGDEVICES, DANGEROUS WEAPONS. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.FIREARMS.EXPLOSIVES. CODESE CIPHERS. PERSONSHAVINGSUCHUNAUTHORIZED ITEMSIN THEIR POSSESSION ARESUBJECTTOSUCHPENALTIESAS MAYBE PROVIDED FORBYLAW.DISMISSAL 0OOTHER ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION.