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The 1980s. Home Back - 1970s Links Antarctic and Polar Philately Polar philatelic history from Linns.

the 1980s

Polar Philately Antarctic Philately from New Zealand NZ Post Office Ross Dependency eBay search for Ross Dependency in stamps. eBay search for Scott Base in stamps. Lots of Covers Antarctic Cinderellas Polar Philatelists - Chronology (many covers) Christchurch Philatelic Sales branch of New Zealand Post. Antarctic Philatelic Literature Hallett Station Covers - some with Scott Base cancels. Operated 1957-1973 - joint NZ with the US. Cape Hallett is on the Antarctic mainland. The 1970s. Thelma Rogers - Scientific Officer - was the first woman to over-winter at Scott Base.

the 1970s

My brother Craig Law with the meteorites (and a cherry pie). K16 was the number of their field party. Ford Tri-Motor Floyd Bennett, First over the South Pole, 1929. The Byrd expeditions staged through Wellington (first) and Dunedin (second) on their way to Little America, on the Ross Ice Shelf, but outside the Ross Dependency. The polar flight was made on Thanksgiving Day, November 1st, 1929. The Floyd Bennett is today in the Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan. Byrd (as leader and navigator rather than pilot) was first to fly over the North Pole in 1926 He was also a rival to Lindbergh in 1927 for the Orteig Prize for a flight from New York to Paris but was beaten after his Fokker crashed on a test flight, finally completing the flight a month after Lindbergh, though to a ditching at the French Coast after finding Paris was under fog.

The 1960s. Dry Valleys Why are the dry valleys dry?

the 1960s

Basically snow melting exceeds the snow fall over the course of a year. Snow melting comes from the winds descending from the polar plateau. The air in these winds warms as it descends. Some of the melting is sublimation where the ice converts directly to vapour without becoming liquid. Rivers can form in the warmest part of the year. The saline bottom water in Lake Vanda traps solar energy and is well above freezing. The dry valleys have other interesting features including patterned ground, sand dunes, ventifacts and some of the best geological exposures anywhere in the world. The glacier melt water flowing into Lake Vanda from the east remains unfrozen for a period. The Vanda Base at one stage had a letter box - 17A Antarctica. Vanda was also famous for the quality of its scones. * It was not the only outing for such an address. The 1950s. New Zealand's Scott Base was established as part of the International Geophysical Year - IGY - joint Trans- Antarctic Expedition.

the 1950s

It was named - of course - after Captain Robert Falcon Scott. Scott Base History Google Earth file for location Ross Dependency Map - thumbnail. The Ross Dependency stamps used there were first issued in 11 January 1957 before the official base opening. New Zealand uses the name Ross Dependency for the area and on the stamps. Erebus and Terror were later to carry Franklin on his disastrous Northwest Passage expedition and were lost on that voyage, along with all their crews. Ross Dependency stamp and cover catalogue values, and here. Scott Base is on Ross Island. On board was the first expedition Auster aircraft. Endeavour arrived in Antarctica in December 1956. Sir Edmund Hillary was the Leader of the 1957 over-wintering party at the base. Over the 1957/58 summer the Trans - Antarctic Expedition (TAE) lead by Vivian Fuchs took place ending at Scott Base.