National Geographic : 1951 Jun
842 Don C. Knudsen from Frederic Lewis A Tape Recorder Captures the Breakup's Roar for Radio Audiences Seen on the far shore, the glacier's face reveals a deep notch cut by the channel. When the overhang becomes top-heavy, building-size fragments sheer off with huge showers of spray. A salvo from a battleship's big guns sounds no more ominous. "One night," writes Carl H. Thomsen, spectator at a previous breakup, "I was awakened by a terrific noise and thought we were having a thunderstorm. Raising my tent flap, I was surprised to see the sky filled with stars." This sound equipment was flown to the glacier's edge and packed in. Mr. Brink, station KENI's program director, holds the microphone. Mr. Gore heaves the gasoline generator's pull cord. Mr. Utter assists.