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March 18, 2006 at 7:12 am #2905
This is more in keeping with the spirit of the quiz – “What lies here?”
Will try this immediately. Your other suggestions, while worthy of a guess are possibly a little too simplistic. I am pretty sure the co-ordinates are correct, which rules out some of your other suggestions. I only say this because another “contestant” says he has a correct answer and it has been checked.
My own gut feeling is that there is something buried in the ice here, or lying under the ice, in the water – hence I will try variations on “Williams”, “bulldozer” etc.
Once again, thanks for the advice
MikeMarch 18, 2006 at 6:12 pm #2906
and attached to that bull doser is the Only ground wire on the island, it
goes to the Crary Lab. There is no other electrical ground anywhere on that
island and most likely on that entire continent.
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http://messenger.msn.click-url.com/go/onm00200471ave/direct/01/March 19, 2006 at 2:50 am #2907
Rick — YIKES! You mean the whole station is on a floating ground, or else it’s all grounded through Crary?
I knew Arrival Heights was poorly grounded (there’s a 60hz hum on the VLF equipment) but I thought the power plant at least had a seawater ground.
glennMarch 19, 2006 at 12:57 pm #2908
I don’t think the ground goes to Williams bulldozer. I’ve heard stories that the ground goes to either an old bulldozer or an old jeep that was sunk in Winter Quarters BayMarch 19, 2006 at 12:58 pm #2909
How about the Erebus Ice Tongue. That is close to the area as well.March 20, 2006 at 4:57 am #2910
Afraid that’s no good, tried and failed
March 20, 2006 at 4:59 am #2911
Have tried variations on “Williams” and “Bulldozer” with no luck. This is proving to be a real bind. Thank you all for your suggestions.
MikeMarch 20, 2006 at 5:15 am #2912
Afraid the coordinates are right. I’m (fairly reliably) informed that most of your suggestions have been tried without success.
Looking at Grantg’s comments earlier. – At your latitude, one degree minute = .22 nautical miles. Now I know they’re not the same, but to land lubbers that’s 387 yards. Therefore one second = 6.45 yards and this quiz question is in 1/10ths of a second. The answer must be something less than a yard in length/breadth. If my math is wrong let me know, but I don’t think I am talking about a “base” or even a geographical feature.
Goodness only knows how they got their information, but there is something small at this location.
Further ideas most welcome
MikeMarch 20, 2006 at 9:42 am #2913
Here’s another way to look at it…
The quiz latitude is 77° 38′ 36.9″ S.
Cape Evans is at 77°38’S.
So what ever it is, it’s at the same latitude as Cape Evans. The latitude’s seconds specification is in the noise: 36.9″ = .62′ = .13 nautical miles, or just a short pub-crawl away. If I recall, the cross at Cape Evans is slightly south of the hut, so that could match — as could some of the dog skeletons.
Now let’s look at the longitude. The given longitude in the quiz is 166° 45′ 58.5″ E, right?
Cape Evans is at 166°24’E. Doing the math… ~46′ – 24′ = 22′, 22′ x .22nm/min = 4.84 nautical miles.)
So assuming your original quiz coordinates are correct, whatever it is lies roughly 5 nautical miles East of Cape Evans, basically on the western slope of Erebus.
The best online map of Erebus I can find is at:
Click on the “Big (250 KB)” link towards the bottom to get the map.
BTW, the location for Cape Evans comes from the New Zealand Antarctic Programme’s web site, http://www.antarcticanz.govt.nz/article/4003.html#5018
glennMarch 20, 2006 at 2:10 pm #2914
Have tried memorial cross and dog skeleton – no luck.
Will try all these photo images for a clue, thanks
MikeMarch 21, 2006 at 1:59 pm #2915
The answer is a seal!!!
The logic, if it can be called that, for solving this, which came from a friend of mine, went thus:
There’s nothing man-made at those coordinates, (see your previous comments, Google Earth etc), whatever is there is also fairly small, (see previous comments). The only two things that fit that description in the Antarctic are penguins and seals. Penguin was wrong.
Quad erat demonstrandum or when you exclude the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. I hate this quiz, thank you all for your help.
MikeMarch 21, 2006 at 2:50 pm #2916
I’m speechless.March 22, 2006 at 5:30 pm #2917
Mike…if you don't mind me asking….what the heck are you looking for? I
obviously took interest in this “Quiz” late in the game but i've followed
your adventure for a while now and my curiosity is peeked.
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Hmmm is McMurdo Sound a Sea? I suppose it is part of the Ross sea.March 24, 2006 at 5:28 pm #2919
Hey Mike…is it one of those seal carcasses frozen in the ice a short
distance from Hut Point?
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