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Dr. Xavier Mertz (28) -
Single, of Basle, Switzerland, a graduate in Law of
the Universities of Leipzig and Berne. Prior to joining the Expedition
he had gained the Ski-running Championship of Switzerland and was an
experienced mountaineer. At the Main Base (Adelie Land) he was assisted
by B. E. S. Ninnis in the care of the Greenland dogs. On January 7,
1913, during a sledging journey, he lost his life, one hundred miles
south-east of Winter Quarters.
Landmarks named after Xavier MertzFeature Name: Mertz Glacier
Feature Type: glacier
Description: A heavily crevassed glacier, about 45 mi long and averaging 20 mi wide. It reaches the sea between Cape De la Motte and Cape Hurley where it continues as a large glacier tongue. Discovered by the AAE (1911-14) under Douglas Mawson.
Mertz Glacier Tongue
Portrait photography under difficulties. En route to Australia. Left to Right: Mertz, Corner (Second Engineer), Gray & Ninnis
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