National Geographic : 1956 Jan
Wringing Secrets from Greenland's Icecap This even included the hydrogen bottles for filling the weather balloons. These bottles were supposed to be highly explosive, but not one blew up. The technique was improved as the years passed. The free-drop runs, directed by me by radio from the ground, were made at less than 20 feet, and thus the losses dropped under 2 percent. all told. His last airdrop mission completed. Loubry headed back for France. As we were picking up the last pounds, we found a jerrican painted red and labeled "Pinard." Pinard is a French slang word for red table wine. It was a gift from our comrades of our Ant arctic expedition, which I had organized over the radio from Greenland, with Andre-Frank Liotard as field leader. As these missions were being flown, the work continued at the Central Icecap Station. The living quarters, laboratories, bunkers, and under-snow corridors were being completed. The expedition's scientific program was being amplified every day. The supplies left behind had come up in three weasel trains, and a good part of the second group had come to join us. In late July came our first report of below sea-level bedrock beneath the ice. This elec trifying news reached the Central Station by radio from a survey party led by Alain Joset. Deep Fjord Found under Ice Joset had passed a slight wrinkle on the surface of the icecap. He had never before seen such a wrinkle. He backtracked quickly and made a sounding on the spot. The bed rock under two miles of ice registered 980 feet below sea level. Beneath his feet lay a deep fjord, which I believe to be one of the outflows of the ice toward the coast. Our reaction to this first of many far-below sea-level readings may be summed up in one word--Wow " Summer neared its end, and the eight wintering men were soon ready to be left Snug in His Sled, Paul Perroud Fries Beans Over a Primus Stove Traveling day and night, the icecap explorers took turns driving the weasels; they ate and rested in the sleds. Canvas tops gave the sleds a covered-wagon look. Melting of snow for water kept men and stoves busy.