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After a couple of hours of flight, the cargo plane began to smell strangely greasy and meaty. I was stiff as I stood up from the steel-plate floor to investigate.
The navigator was still at his paper maps on the small desk outside the cockpit. Most of the few other passengers were napping. As I walked around the edge of the shipping container that held all our rock samples from the summer season, the smell became stronger. I saw the entire rear section of the plane filled with skinned, frozen—but now thawing—whole caribou, piled up like cordwood. Their frozen red legs pointed randomly at the ceiling.