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Ice blocking - getting bits of ice berg to melt for fresh water
Base H - Signy Island Antarctica

  ©Copyright W. Townsend - picture taken 1963

When fresh water was in particularly short supply and there wasn't enough snow for snow-blocking, brash ice blown into the cove would have to be relied on as a source of fresh water.

Depending on the size of the bits, this could be difficult and hard work or very difficult and very hard work. Big heavy pieces of ice had to be picked up form where they were floating in the sea and carried onshore to the melt tank. Think of this the next time you complain about your water bill.

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This picture is one of a collection assembled in 2007 on the 60th anniversary of Signy Island Base: 60°43'S 045°36'W. Thank you to those who sent their treasured memories of their time in Antarctica and allowed them to be made into a commemorative cd and then placed here on the web.

The reunion weekend was 14-16 September 2007.

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