Cape Adare from the Ship

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Cape Adare II

Cape Adare is also the site of the first Antarctic grave, that of Nicolai Hanson the zoologist on the 1898-1900 Southern Cross expedition who died during the winter, he was buried at the top of Cape Adare (dynamite was required to excavate a grave), Bernacchi the expedition physicist wrote:

"There amidst profound silence and peace, there is nothing to disturb that eternal sleep except the flight of seabirds. In the long dark winter night, the brilliant and mysterious Aurora Polaris sweeps across the sky and forms a glorious arc of light over the Cape and the grave. In the summer the dazzling sunlight shines perpetually upon it".

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Photo; © Mike Usher - Pictures from an icebreaker cruise to Eastern Antarctica.