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Panel of Scientists Helps Open Lid on Secret Images

Science  01 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5437, pp. 34
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5437.34

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On 15 September, President Clinton announced the release of a clutch of previously classified photographs that will help researchers establish baseline data on the antarctic environment (www.nsf.gov/od/opp/antarctic/imageset/satellite/start.htm). The seven pictures, taken in 1975 and 1980, offer sufficiently good resolution and digital elevation data, for example, to track the apparent rise in the levels of glacier-fed lakes in the Dry Valleys region. The effort has been championed by Vice President Al Gore, who as a U.S. senator set the bureaucratic wheels in motion. But an unsung panel of scientists called the Medea Committee has done most of the heavy lifting.

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