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Getting fresh water from a glacier - 1984
Base H - Signy Island Antarctica

  ©Copyright M. Sanders - picture taken 1983 / 1984

There are many pictures in this section of snow-blocking and ice-blocking to get fresh water, but this one has to show the most extreme form. All the factors of difficulties in getting ice from a glacial source apply, with the addition that this one is taking place at an actual glacier snout - the Orwell Glacier about a mile or so from base as the skidoo drives.

Particularly difficult in hacking man-moveable sized lumps from building sized pieces of ice in the first place with the additional difficulty of then loading them onto a sledge, driving them back to base and unloading them in the melt tank.

It happened as there was no alternative form of water as snow for blocking or nearer ice available.

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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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