Contest #440 – Nansen Ice Sheet / Inexpressible Island, Antarctica

Well, this contest started out with this reveal:

In December of 2015, scientists at the USGS and NASA noticed a crack in the Nansen Ice Sheet (also known as an Ice Shelf). Nansen is named after Mount Nansen, which, in turn, was named after Fridtjof Nansen, a noted polar explorer who, later in life, was the League of Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, an office that eventually won him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922.

“The front of Nansen Ice Shelf… looks ready to calve off into a tabular iceberg,” wrote Ryan Walker, a researcher at NASA Goddard, on a blog for NASA’s Earth Observatory. “There’s a huge crack, miles long and sometimes over a hundred yards wide, which runs more or less parallel to the front of the ice shelf.”

from NASA EarthObservatory

Christine Dow

However, best laid plans of mice and men… it seems that the picture also contains “Inexpressible Island”, where part of Scott’s “Terra Nova Expedition” got stranded and wintered in 1912.


What Campbell’s part ate…

There were still a few others that found this via the Drygalski Ice Tongue.

Basically, we gave the points if you found the spot, regardless of why…

Those who found the iceberg before it fell include:

  • Lighthouse
  • hhgygy
  • steve willis
  • Garfield
  • Robin
  • Phil Ower
  • Maureen
  • Junebug
  • steven simmons

And those who needed a hint:

  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Pierre Bourque
  • Ann K.
  • JF
  • Chris Nason

And … thus ends yet another series. Congratulations to perennial favorites Phil Ower and Lighthouse, both with just 1 point away from perfect. That’s quite a streak for Lighthouse — this is the 8th continuous series with you sharing top spot!