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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Midnight in the Antarctic summer

Overview

Creator: Herbert George Ponting (1870-1935) (photographer)
Creation Date: 
30 Jan 1911
Materials: 
Carbon print
Dimensions: 
53 x 74.5 cm (image)
RCIN 
2580010
Acquirer: King George V, King of the United Kingdom (1865-1936)
Provenance: 
Presented to King George V, 1914
Description:

Photograph showing the breaking-up of the ice in McMurdo Sound, taken by the light of the midnight sun. In the middle of the Antarctic summer, the sun does not set and it is visible continually throughout the 24-hour cycle. The closer one is to the Pole, the more days of continuous sunlight there will be. Here Ponting has photographed the sun breaking through the clouds at midnight.

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