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Accurate mapping of Arctic glaciers over 50 years ago

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This paper will describe what it was like to map Arctic glaciers starling 62 years ago in Iceland; then in Nordaustland, Svalbard, in 1935–36; and finally in northwest Greenland and Ellesmere Island, Northwest Territories, Canada, in 1937–38. The glacier in Iceland was resurveyed by a party including me in 1992; and I made a less successful attempt to resurvey the Greenland glacier in 1993.

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