National Geographic : 1952 Jan
Arctic Visitors Drop from the Air Callers arerare inthe Far North; sogreetings were warm forthese guests who flew 290 miles from Fort Chimo tosee thecrater. They were welcomed ascompanions, bearers ofmail and news, and couriers tocarry back word. Until their arrival, thecamp's balky radio had failed tomake itself heard by other stations (page 21). Dr.Meen (center), expedition leader, chats with Dr.Jacques Rousseau, Montreal naturalist enroute home from field work near Chimo. N.V.Martin, ex pedition biologist, and Rene Richard, artist-prospector, listen inatleft. Atright areDr.I.W. Jones, Quebec Province geolo gist, and Dr.Rousseau's son Francois. Summer's extreme brevity in upper Ungava allows scientists about seven weeks ofopen weather forfield work. Inthe folksy speech offrontiersmen, "Summer isthedaythey change theiceinthelakes." Iceisaconstant bugaboo to expeditions, which depend on amphibians toairlift them out. Any landing onanice-strewn lake verges onsuicide. Vast stretches ofupper Un gava remain unknown save toa fewnomadic Eskimos. The re gion may possess considerable mineral wealth.