Sunday, January 17, 2016
100-Year-Old Negatives Discovered In Block Of Ice In Antarctica
For the past 100 years, a box of never-before-seen negatives has been preserved in a block of ice in Antarctica. Recently, Conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust came across the 22 exposed, but unprocessed, cellulose nitrate negatives during an attempt to restore an old exploration hut.
The negatives are believed to be from Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Ross Sea Party, a group that was stranded in the hut during a blizzard when their ship blew out to sea. They were eventually rescued, but the box remained buried until now.
Posted by George Conk at 9:07 PM
Why is always the question when people undertake this sort of thing: Henry Worsley trekking solo across the Antarctic landmass. After a 36 year career in the British Army Henry Worsley (perhaps inspired by the Aussie Frank Worsley a legendary Antarctic explorer) has undertaken that project. He is halfway across.
Today - Day 65 he has passed the south pole and is moving downhill. He managed 15.5 miles:
In crazy temperatures of just -15°C, Henry spends much of a difficult day shrouded in whiteout and progress is limited as a result. But he does get a taste of proper descent late in the day – and ends up playing cat and mouse with a sledge that’s finally taken to the glide. The pressure is now on to pick up the pace and rack up the mileage each day.Follow him at Shackleton SoloSouth with Shackleton | TotalBoat Show
Posted by George Conk at 7:12 PM
Richard G. Hendrickson, Who Recorded the Weather for 85 Years, Dies at 103
by Margalit Fox
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night could stay Richard G. Hendrickson from the swift completion of his appointed rounds. For 85 years, they were his appointed rounds.
A retired poultry and dairy farmer who died on Jan. 9 at 103, Mr. Hendrickson was the nation’s longest-serving volunteer weather watcher. Twice a day, every day since he was 17, in brash weather and benign, he gathered the data from the small weather station on his property in Bridgehampton, N.Y., on the South Fork of Long Island.
Mr. Hendrickson was a member of the Cooperative Observer Program of what is now the National Weather Service. Established in 1890, the program entails a benevolent network of citizen spies, who serve as the eyes, ears and noses of the federal government as they record high and low temperatures, wind speed and direction, rainfall, snowfall and other statistics on the nation’s coasts, in the mountains, on the prairies and in between.
Their work underpins local and national weather reports, boating and aviation forecasts, flood and hurricane warnings, and emergency preparedness plans of all kinds and, of course, farming.
Posted by George Conk at 6:56 PM