January 2, 1912: Wildlife in the icy desert

–from Edward Wilson’s diary–

“A splendid day, -17 degrees last night, – 11 tonight, but no wind and the sky is now overcast from the S.E., the first time we have had any cloud worth mentioning.  We were on ski all day–good surface and the other party on foot.  We are still rising but very gradually.  Surface surprisingly flat–very little evidence of high winds, at any rate lately.  We are now about 87 degrees 20′.

“We were surprised today by seeing a Skua gull flying over us evidently hungry but not weak.  Its droppings however were clear mucus, nothing in them at all.  It appeared in the afternoon and disappeared again about 1/2 hour after.”


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