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Over the many years of Carnegie Museum’s expeditions to the Far North, the scientists had built an awareness of the hazards and difficulties of travel in the region. Margaret Doutt observed that, despite all of their modern equipment, the Museum crew had to deal with the same conditions that the native Inuit had endured for thousands of years:

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"At the southern end of James Bay . . . the whole country is so level that at low tide, mud flats extend five or six miles out from shore. Small boats which must travel within this area . . . are stranded by the falling tide and are thus marooned on the mud until the morning tide releases them.

"Travelers familiar with this coast carry firewood in anticipation of the inevitable waits. We spent four days in crossing these shoals . . . a delay that almost resulted in our missing the biweekly train . . ."

Photo: James Bay shoals at high tide.

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