Bluie East Two – aesthetic pollution

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Bluie was the United States military code name for Greenland during World War II
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The United States assumed responsibility for the defence of Greenland in April 1941. Five base locations were set in the East of Greenland, and nine in the West of Greenland
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Bluie East Two was a minor airfield at Ikateq. Ikateq means “shallow water”.
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It was operational from 1942 to 1947.
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When the U.S. Army abandoned the air base in 1947, everything was left behind. Vehicles, asbestos-laced structures and thousands of oil barrels.
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The fuel from the barrels leaked into the fjord. It has been estimated that there are well over 10 000 barrels, many of which are still filled.
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Ken Bower has launched a petition on change.com urging the U.S. Army to clean up the base.
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Further reading: Wikipedia: BluieWikipedia: Bluie East TwoDailymail and CBC News

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I cannot deny it, I think the view is beautiful. The hangar skeleton reminds me of the backbone of a whale, the contrast between the human-made and the mountains in the background, between the decay and the flowering, the rusty iron against the vivid colours of lilac, green, grey and blue – seldom has the motives been so abundant. But at the same time, I know the history and I know about the big environmental problems. Can war and pollution be aesthetic?

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