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Life on the ice floes


warmer weather - wetter clothes

Warmer weather - wetter clothes

Everyday life among the survivors on the ice floe gets ever more uncomfortable. True, it is warmer, and that’s a blessing. But now every item of clothing is soaked. Lundborg is perturbed that his aviator colleagues have not returned with more clothes drops from the air. But dense fog has returned, later accompanied by heavy snow.

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