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    There is a new interest in the icy wastes of the Canadian arctic.

    The search is?

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    There is a new interest in the icy wastes of the Canadian arctic.

    The search is on for oil, and scientists believe that the neglected area north of the Canadian mainland may have greater reserves than those under the north slope of Alaska, which is part of the United States.

    The Canadian far north was once considered uninhabitable, except by Eskimos. There were no accurate maps till the 1950's.

    Now geologists and geophycisists, using aerial maps made by the Canadian air force are making elaborate oil explorations.

    They are probing the deep rock formations under the ice by triggering dynamite blasts in sixty-feet deep holes.

    Shock wave echoes from the different geological formations are recorded, and when these studies are complete, drilling rigs will be moved in for further tests.

    Against this background of activity, there is considerable concern about the uses to which the land will be put in the future, and about the preservation of wild life.

    Conservationists want industries in the area to share the responsibility for the Arctic.

    Some have agreed to studies to protect the land where-ever they propose well-drilling and mining, with all the people and equipment it brings in its wake.

    Scientists say the search for oil could lead to the development of whole new communities. The day may come also, when commuter flights will transport entire families between the Canadian Arctic and points south.

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