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  • He said that moving the tanker even with the help of the cutter through more than 300 miles of pack-ice was a "very profound obstacle."

    Nome, Alaska To Reconnect With World When Renda Tanker Delivers Fuel

  • Unique among Arctic land mammals, these giant bears spend most of their time near water hunting for fish and seal, traveling deep into pack-ice regions to find their prey.


  • On this trip we reached the edge of the pack-ice belt three days after leaving the Barrier.

    The South Pole~ Northward

  • The meeting with the imposing colossus had another significance that had a stronger claim on our interest -- the pack-ice could not be far off.

    The South Pole~ From Madeira to the Barrier

  • In 1914 British explorer Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition set out with the goal of crossing Antarctica via the South Pole, but his ship, the Endurance, was frozen in pack-ice and sank 11 months later.

    South Pole

  • What we had to do was to get as quickly as possible through the belt of pack-ice that blocked the way to Ross Sea to the south of it, which is always open in summer.

    The South Pole~ From Madeira to the Barrier

  • This left not much more than 900 miles before we might expect to meet with the pack-ice.

    The South Pole~ From Madeira to the Barrier

  • In that part of the voyage which we now had before us -- the region between the Australian continent and the Antarctic belt of pack-ice -- we were prepared for all sorts of trials in the way of unfavourable weather conditions.

    The South Pole~ From Madeira to the Barrier

  • In the first place, the distance to the nearest inhabited country is very great -- over 2,000 geographical miles -- and in the second, there is a serious obstruction on this route in the shape of the belt of pack-ice, which, narrow and loose as it may be at times, will always necessitate the employment of timber-built vessels for the work of transport.

    The South Pole~ The Eastern Sledge Journey

  • In the course of the winter and spring the pack-ice is forced up against the Barrier into pressure-ridges of as much as 40 feet in height.

    The South Pole~ The End of the Winter


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