II: The Byrd Expedition


Sledging south, late 1929.

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Sledging south, late 1929.
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Sledging south, late 1929.
On November 4, 1929 Gould and five companions set out on what was to be an epic 2 1/2 month, 1500 mile dog-sledge journey south into the Queen Maud Mountains and back. The party's primary mission was to provide ground support and possible emergency assistance for Byrd's historic flight over the Pole, but it also was an opportunity to conduct the first geological and glaciological survey of an area described by Gould as "a veritable paradise for a geologist."


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