Ornithology Arthur Twomey Return Home
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During their expeditions, the scientists were in extremely remote areas and were basically cut off from the civilized world. However, this gave them the privilege of witnessing natural phenomena rarely seen by anyone but the local inhabitants, as Twomey write:

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"Suddenly a crushing roar caused us to look up. The river ice was moving, slowly at first, grinding and groaning as it cracked and split and tore loose from the banks . . . Great sheets, three to four feet thick, crumpled on the sharp turn in front of the townsite, and knifed into the opposite bank like a huge bulldozer.

"The twenty-foot banks in front of our cabin were carved down by rolling, heaving masses of ice that glittered and sparkled like millions of quartz crystals. Great tree roots were torn from the banks, and logs eight to twelve inches in diameter were crushed like matchwood . . ."

Photo: Huge sheets of river ice breaking up in the spring thaw and moving out to sea.

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