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Ionosphere Research Lab Sparks Fears in Alaska

Science  21 Feb 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5303, pp. 1060-1061
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5303.1060

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SITKA, ALASKA—The Department of Defense is constructing the world's most powerful ionospheric research laboratory in Gakona, a tiny town 300 kilometers southeast of Fairbanks. The project, called HAARP, will allow scientists to study fundamental physical and chemical processes in the ionosphere, and the military to develop and enhance long-range radio communications, surveillance, and navigation systems. But a diverse slew of critics is fighting the project, charging that the military is planning to use HAARP for a variety of top-secret, sinister purposes.