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An examination of the map of the northern hemisphere will show that the two great population areas of opposing ideologies are located across the arctic regions from each other. This fact has been recognized by the U.S. military authorities since the early 1940’s, and an effort has been made to locate military forces in these regions to act as a possible deterrent to any aggressive action. The nature and geography of this region generally preclude any military forces except combat airfield. The most outstanding and possible only example of a major military airfield located entirely on permafrost material in these regions in the U.S. Airbase at Thule, Greenland. A discussion of the Thule Airbase may be found later in this thesis.

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Civil Engineering

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Civil Engineering

First Committee Member (Chair)

Eugene Zwoyer

Second Committee Member

W. C. Wagner

Third Committee Member

Raymond J. Foss

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Fig. 14. General Layout of Airfield

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Fig. 14. General Layout of Airfield - low res