Highway to be built across Antarctica

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MCMURDO SOUND, Antarctica — American engineers are working on the construction of a new highway across the ice continent.

According to a report late last week by NewScientist.com, a 1,600-kilometre highway will be built from a U.S. base at McMurdo Sound to the U.S. Scott-Amundsen base at the South Pole.

The highway is being built to haul supplies between the two bases, and help engineers lay a US$250 million fibre-optic cable.

The report about the new Antarctica highway comes at a time when American states are having trouble funding road repairs on continental U.S.highways, and when the U.S. federal government is running a deficit for the first time in three years.

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