Project Jello : SIPRE Greenland expedition, 1955
Benson, Carl S.; Ragle, Richard H.
Special ReportSummary: Expedition “Jello" of the Snow, Ice, and Permafrost Research Establishment (SIPRE) conducted a program or glaciological research for 100 days on the Greenland Ice Cap during the Spring and Summer of 1955. The expedition was resupplied entirely by air drops which were spaced approximately 30 days apart. This report discusses the specific logistic pr6blem of food and its solution. The problem was two-fold: (1) To provide a proper and adequate diet for six men engaged in strenuous physical work at high elevations and low temperatures. These conditions result in increased food consumption. (2.) To restrict the necessary food-cargo weight per man-day so that it did not equal nor exceed the figure required for a diet of C-6 or 5-in-1 rations. During the Winter of 1955 the Quartermaster Food and Container Institute, Chicago, Illinois, worked with SIPRE to solve the problem. Special dehydrated and frozen foods were utilized with excellent results. The expedition personnel were provided with a greater quantity and variety of food than could have been obtained with 5-in-1 or C-6 rations; however, the total required weight was significantly less than that required by either 5-in-1 or C-6 rations or combinations thereof.
U.S. Army Snow, Ice, and Permafrost Research Establishment.Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Project Jello; Expeditions; Greenland; Logistics; Diets; Air drop; Airdrop; Air resupply; Food supply
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