Mysterious black spot in polar explorer’s diary offers horrific clue to his fate

Like a polar explorer was frozen and hungry in a Greenland cave, he smeared a black stain at the bottom of his last diary entry. More than a century later, this dark spot has revealed grim new details about the dying man’s final hours.

His name was Jørgen Brønlund; He was an Inuit born in Greenland and was part of a three-man team in the Danish expedition to the northeast coast of Greenland, conducted from 1906 to 1908 and led by Danish ethnologist Ludvig Mylius-Erichsen. Brønlund died in November 1907 and was the last of the team to perish – and the only one whose body was ever found.

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