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Bailey, A.D. cutting snow blocks for fresh water
Base H - Signy Island Antarctica

  ©Copyright A.D. Bailey - picture taken 1963

Quite a satisfying job cutting snow blocks to collect as fresh water supply for the base. The blocks are large but not as heavy as they look, it's just when you've been doing it for a long time that they get heavier. Not very dense in terms of the amount of water they produce unfortunately. Snow blocking would stop when the tank the blocks went into became full. Depending on the time of year and size of the melt tank, snow blocking would take place every 2 or 3 days.

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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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