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Diatoms are again appearing

“Clark finds that with returning daylight the diatoms are again appearing. His nets and line are stained a pale yellow, and much of the newly formed ice has also a faint brown or yellow tinge. The diatoms cannot multiply without … Continue reading

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What the ice gets, the ice keeps

“All hands is standing bye we had a slight shock last night… there was a noise under the bottom aft the same as if the ice had broken up…. the Boss thinks it was a whale but I thinks different.” … Continue reading

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Electric lamps

“Hurley, our handy man, installed our small electric-lighting plant and placed lights for occasional use in the observatory, the meteorological station, and various other points. We could not afford to use the electric lamps freely. Hurley also rigged two powerful … Continue reading

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The Antarctic Derby

“There is not one that is not to some extent a mongrel.” — Thomas Orde-Lees “On the 15th of the month a great race, the ‘Antarctic Derby,’ took place. It was a notable event. The betting had been heavy, and … Continue reading

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Pups

“Crean had started to take the pups out for runs, and it was very amusing to see them with their rolling canter just managing to keep abreast by the sledge and occasionally cocking an eye with an appealing look in … Continue reading

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Bright moonlight throughout

[George Marston, illustration of the Antarctic midnight sun from the Nimrod Expedition, 1907-09] “Brilliantly fine clear weather with bright moonlight throughout. The moon’s rays are wonderfully strong, making midnight seem as light as an ordinary overcast midday in temperate climes. … Continue reading

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Pylons

“Two more emperor [penguins] were captured on the following day, and, while Wordie was leading one of them towards the ship, Wild came along with his team. The dogs, uncontrollable in a moment, made a frantic rush for the bird, … Continue reading

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