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The DEW Line was coordinated with several similar radar detection networks, such as the Pinetree Early Warning Line (which spanned the width of southern Canada near the 49th parallel), the Mid-Canada Line (which spanned the width of Canada at the 55th parallel), and the U.S. Navy ’s Atlantic and Pacific Barrier, as well as air and sea patrols and radar stations in Iceland, . The Distant Early Warning Line, or DEW Line, was a series of radar stations across the arctic, from Alaska through Canada over Greenland to Iceland. The Americans conceived that the DEW line could detect enemy bombers coming over the North Pole . In December , construction began on the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line, an integrated chain of 63 radar and communication centres stretching miles from Western Alaska across the Canadian Arctic to Greenland. 1 This predominantly-American defence project, designed to detect Russian bomber incursions into North American airspace, was the largest technological undertaking the Canadian Arctic . Abstract: The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) is cleaning up and remediating environmental hazards at former Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line sites located across the Canadian Arctic. The DEW Line Clean-Up proof of concept project is underway, to determine if space-based Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data can be used for landfill monitoring at these DEW Line sites.
The DEWLine | The Distant Early Warning Radar Line DEWLine Sites in Canada, Alaska & Greenland A tribute site to those who served on the coldest part of the Cold War, the Distant Early Warning Radar Line. “Sed evanescent voces scripta manent”. The 47 North Warning System sites were constructed between and , replacing another set of radars, the Distant Early Warning Line, that had been built in the s. At the time, the radars. On uninhabited islands and in settled communities are the remains of abandoned Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line radar stations, created during the Cold War to detect a Soviet nuclear strike. After the end of the Cold War, the sites, full of lead, PCBs and other contaminants, ultimately left more than a hundred landfills across the Arctic. DYE-2 is one of nearly 60 radar sites set up during the Cold War as part of an early-warning detection system that stretched across the far north of .
The most northerly of the networks, the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line of radar sites, was established in the late s and extended along the Arctic coastline (roughly along the 69th parallel) from northwestern Alaska to Iceland. The DEW Line was planned, built and largely funded by the United States according to an international agreement. The Northern Review 42 (): 23–45During the Cold War, the United States and Canada embarked on an ambitious military construction project in the Arctic to protect North America from a northern Soviet attack. Comprised of sixty-three stations stretching across Alaska, Canada’s Arctic, Greenland, and Iceland, the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line constitutes both the . The DEWLine was a chain of 57 manned, early warning radar stations that stretched across the northern part of the North American continent from Alaska to Greenland, roughly along the 69 th parallel, about to kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. There were six Main stations, 23 Auxiliary stations, and 28 Intermediate stations. Patrol leader Master Corporal Tommy Aiyout surveys a deactivated Distant Early Warning Line site—one of several radar stations established along the Arctic coastline during the Cold War. In the summer of , I returned to the Arctic, this time as a photographer, and spent two weeks with the Rangers.