National Geographic : 1962 Feb
up," he said. "You know what Carolina bays are? Big and little circles- some of them miles across - scooped out by meteor showers. Peat and soil have built up in them over the ages. We are standing on plain sand. Inside that fence is the kind of ground turkeys like." This seeming folk tale is a scientific theory, advanced after aerial photography of circles, ellipses, and heart-shaped bays set the geol ogists in the 1940's to testing for buried me teorites. They found magnetic anomalies in the southeastern ends of the bays, where they should be if the meteors came from the north- Nylon mushrooms dot the sky above Fort Bragg. Swinging below swollen canopies, paratroopers of the 82d Airborne Division brace for the shock of landing. As soon as they hit, they roll up their chutes, break out guns and equipment, and advance. The 82d stands poised to combat aggres sion anywhere, anytime. Key units of the division remain on 24-hour alert. During World War II the 82d fought in Sicily, Italy, France, the Netherlands, and Germany. Fort Bragg, the division's home, takes its name from Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg, a native North Carolinian.