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Birchwood planks at
Boxes that contained supplies
make good building bricks for protective outer walls and
even inside dividers within the huts.
Low temperatures and dry conditions mean that these boxes
look similar now to how they did 100 years ago. It was thought
that they were protected from rotting though in recent years,
fungi have been found to be growing on the wood, reducing
it's weight and making it no where near as long-lasting
as previously thought. Attempts are now being made to preserve
the historic huts and their contents.
Cape Royds Hut conservation measures
Picture courtesy of Mike Usher
- Mike went on a Ross Sea expedition on board the Kapitan Khlebnikov
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