March 13, 1912: Collapse of the Glacier in Queen Mary Land

–from Frank Wild’s account published in “The Home of the Blizzard”–

“The morning of Wednesday, March 13, was calm and overcast.   Breakfast was served at 6 o’clock.  We then set to work completing the erection of the two small masts to carry the aerial for our wireless receiving instrument; by 8:50 a.m. both masts were in position.  Before the job was over a singular sight was witnessed.

“A large section of the glacier–many thousands of tons–calved off into the sea.  The tremendous waves raised by the fall of this mass smashed into fragments all the floe left in the bay.  With the sea-ice went the snow-slopes which were the natural roadway down.  A perpendicular cliff, sixty to one hundred feet above the water was all that remained, and opportunities of obtaining seals and penguins in the future were cut off until the new season;s sea-ice should form again.  This left us in a serious position as regards food for the dogs.”

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