Rolf Bjornert AIDJEX Camp Photographs, 1975-1975 | ARC Archives Catalog
Scope and Contents: 2 mounted color photo print collages created by Rolf Bjornert of the AIDJEX camp in April 1975 and October 1975. The collages, from April 1975 and October 1975, were pasted together from color prints to illustrate a wide angle view of the AIDJEX camp after the C130 Hercules had delivered all the supplies for the operations to last the spring, summer and early fall. On October 10, after a period of high wind conditions, the ice split the camp into several floes, including rendering the runway that was earlier used by heavy aircraft. After all of the science personnel had been safely evacuated, a small group of field support personnel, one Twin Otter and one Bell Helicopter dismantled the entire main camp and airlifted everything to a new location some 45 miles away during a 5 week period where daylight hours were rapidly getting shorter. The only building that was left behind was the camp mess hall which is seen on the picture, where one of its "wings" is suspended over the open lead, and a Caterpillar tractor, which was too heavy to lift by the helicopter. A Nodwell tractor belonging to Canadian Energy Mines and Resources (Polar Shelf Project) was also left behind.