Pioneer Work in the Alps of New Zealand; a Record of the First Exploration of the Chief Glaciers and Ranges of the Southern Alps

Pioneer Work in the Alps of New Zealand; a Record of the First Exploration of the Chief Glaciers and Ranges of the Southern Alps

by Arthur Paul Harper
     
 

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 Excerpt: ...from one another. It was very difficult in some places to form a step, as a blow of the axe would scatter the loose crystals in every direction, and

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 Excerpt: ...from one another. It was very difficult in some places to form a step, as a blow of the axe would scatter the loose crystals in every direction, and sometimes when a step had been cut, which to all appearance was as strong as necessary, the floor would give way by crumbling under one's weight. In the winter, however, during the last visit, I found it much easier to get about, because the ice was firmer and there was far less likelihood of rapid changes. The constant alteration in the forms and shapes of the crevasses and seracs was in the summer most puzzling, and sometimes an absence of a week would be sufficient for the ice to alter to such an extent as to render a new route necessary. This activity is, no doubt, due as much to low altitude as to the speed with which the glacier descends over its rough bed. It is not noticeable all over the lower portions of the "trunk." After an absence of a day or two, we have found new crevasses open even on the dry "ice," and, as already stated, we constantly heard reports, and felt a slight shock pass like a tremble over the surface. While sitting in Camp 2, we could hear the glacier cracking and groaning on a still night; in fact, one of the first things I noticed on my second visit was the absolute stillness of the nights, compared with our summer experience. I have already given some idea of the very broken surface of the glacier, and need only add that I have never seen one with so little good travelling on it. Having had a considerable experience on glaciers, I can generally find a route through rough ice without much lo'ss of time, and certainly never expected to be reduced to leaving a line of marks behind--for use on the return journey--as we did here. It was not really necessary, but it s...

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ISBN-13:
9781296802509
Publisher:
Andesite Press
Publication date:
08/12/2015
Pages:
434
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.94(d)

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