National Geographic : 1947 Oct
U. S. Navy, Official Grand Canyon Colors Glow in Mountainsides Free of Ice C OMDR. William M. Hawkes, in command of the flight on which this photograph was taken, describes the area as one of the most scenic spots in Antarctica. It is strongly reminiscent of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. The mountain sides, which here appear black, in reality show delicate shades of pink, red. and purple. Other natural features discovered included the "Titans' Honeycomb," a series of large, regular hexagons on a flat mountaintop. Some peaks are ice-covered, while others are bare-a curious, un explained Antarctic phenomenon. Streams of ice form high, tight collars around these mountaintops. The region is the "head waters" of an unnamed glacier which flows out of the mountains into New Harbor. near McMurdo Sound. It creeps down a valley parallel to the glacier shown on page 472.