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The museum scientists were often forced to rely on the expertise of the local people regarding transportation and travel conditions. While crossing an ice field during the 24-hour twilight of the Arctic winter, Doutt was amazed by the ability of the native Inuit to navigate the seemingly featureless landscape:

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"It was a cold, raw morning and in many places the ice was forced up in high ridges or jammed into a maze of broken chunks. There was no sun, and the Eskimos had neither compass nor watch, yet they threaded their way around and through these broken ice fields with no apparent thought of direction. How they steered a straight course after all landmarks had disappeared has always been a mystery to me . . ."

Photo: The team emerges from an ice field
as the winter twilight casts a glow over the
1972 expedition.

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