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As can be imagined, the food for Arctic expeditions is not provided on silver platters by 5-star restaurants. Expeditions usually stock supplies that require little cooking, if any. The food must also provide enough calories to fuel the crew through exhausting field work and freezing weather. Mary describes the efficient, if not exciting, menu for a typical expedition:

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"Food boxes were made to contain one week’s rations. We planned to have one box and one spare with us at each camp, with the next week’s food box brought to us by plane with each camp move.

"The boxes were quickly filled with freeze-dried hamburger, raspberries, eggs, tomatoes, corn and beans, rice, dehydrated potatoes, instant puddings, Jello, coffee, tea, and the ubiquitous GORP, a nutritious mixture of nuts, raisins, and chocolate bits."

Photo: Mary Dawson, center, examines the weekly shipment of supplies.

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