National Geographic : 1939 Jul
Photograph by Lincoln Ellsworth LAND HO! THE BARRIER AND PRINCESS ELIZABETH LAND LOOM UPAT LAST After fighting its way through pack ice for 65 days, the Wyatt Earp emerged into open water and soon sighted the southern continent dead ahead. Rocky land is emerging from the white covering in the center and at the left lie ice-free islands that have been smoothed by glacial action (page 137). The sudden rise of the ice sheet from its clifflike edge, called the barrier, to an estimated 1,500 feet is in striking contrast tothe Pacific coast ofAntarctica where the Ross Shelf Ice rises gradually for a distance of several hundred miles from its face.