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Klarius Mikkelsen's landing site: some further notes on the 1935 Norwegian visit to the Vestfold Hills, East Antarctica

  • F.I. Norman (a1), J.A.E. Gibson (a2), R.T. Jones (a3) and J.S. Burgess (a1)

Further details regarding the landing made by Klarius Mikkelsen in the Tryne Islands, Vestfold Hills, East Antarctica, are given, being derived mainly from newspaper accounts made by Leif S0rsdal. All involved in the landing on 20 February 1935 have been identified, details of material left in the depot under the raised flag are given, and more extended information relating to the voyage to and from the site and the area generally are presented. Some comparison is made between Sørsdal's accounts and others. While the national importance of the landing was commented on, only S0rsdal apparently realised (but did not state) the insular nature of the site. Recent observations at the site suggest that its location is 68°22′38.22″S, 78°24′50.10″E, rather than that previously stated; bracing of the flagpole itself has been modified at some stage since its erection. Finally, some discussion is made regarding on-going questions relating to the accepted time on board ship, and possible consequences of errors.

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