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Tuesday, May 08, 2021

A land of perpetual winter ordinarily doesn’t hold much appeal to me.

That said, I find this unofficial history of British Antarctic base Halley Bay engrossing. Particularly the copious photos and notes found in the year-by-year archives, which stretch all the way back to 1956. (Apparently, there’s plenty of time for taking pictures way down under — I’m impressed by the volume of photographic records.)

Naturally, I’m curious about what happened in 1971, my birthyear:

- First visit of RRS Bransfield
- First journey to Riiser-Larsen ice shelf
- Astronomical observations by Bob Paterson
- Lowest recorded temperature to date: -53.2°C
- A large area of ice shelf calved northeast of the Macdonald Ice Rumples (September)
- The horizontal speed of the ice shelf increased from 400m/yr to 750m/yr
- 50 Hz mains synchronised to atomic time.

So, a lot of watching ice. Oh, and a visit by apparent Argentine helicopter pirates. It’s like I was there!

I also got a kick out of the index of dogs that have worked the base.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/08/2021 11:22:17 PM
Category: Science, History
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