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Antarctic info

Ant­arc­ti­ca left a rest­less lon­ging in my heart beck­o­ning towards an
incom­pre­hen­si­ble per­fec­tion fore­ver bey­ond the reach of mor­tal man.
Its over­whel­ming beau­ty tou­ches one so deeply that it is like a wound.
Edwin Mick­le­burgh, Bey­ond the Fro­zen Sea
Evening light, South Shetland Islands

Evening light in the South Shet­land Islands.

The fol­lowing litt­le intro­duc­tion to Ant­arc­ti­ca is exact­ly that – a litt­le intro­duc­tion – to offer an idea of most sub­jects of inte­rest. Of cour­se, Ant­arc­ti­ca is not­hing less than a con­ti­nent, not to men­ti­on all the islands sur­roun­ding it, but it is obvious­ly much less varied than, say, Euro­pe, which is so much more com­plex regar­ding all the histo­ry and cul­tu­re and dif­fe­rent land­s­capes and cli­ma­te zones that you will find bet­ween Norway’s North Cape and Sili­cy. Ant­arc­ti­ca is much more homo­ge­ne­ous bet­ween the Ross Sea and the tip of the Ant­arc­tic Pen­in­su­la, and lar­ge­ly inac­ces­si­ble any­way. The bene­fit is that this makes it pos­si­ble to squee­ze an intro­duc­tion into a few pages, digi­tal­ly as or – on a later occa­si­on – in print, then much more com­pre­hen­si­ve.

The­se pages are cur­r­ent­ly (spring 2014) under pre­pa­ra­ti­on and sites will be added over a cou­p­le of mon­ths.

  • Ant­arc­ti­ca tra­vel infor­ma­ti­on: ship, iti­ne­raries, when to tra­vel. Some thoughts about plan­ning a voya­ge.
  • Histo­ry. You should at least have heard of the­se chap­ters of ant­arc­tic histo­ry for a suc­cess­ful con­ver­sa­ti­on with your fel­low ant­arc­tic tra­vel­lers or even your ship his­to­ri­an.
  • Are­as. You are likely to see some of the­se pla­ces on a trip to Ant­arc­ti­ca:
    1. Ushua­ia and the Bea­gle Chan­nel
    2. Cape Horn and the Dra­ke Pas­sa­ge
    3. The Falk­land Islands
    4. South Geor­gia
    5. The South Sand­wich Islands
    6. The South Ork­ney Islands
    7. The South Shet­land Islands
    8. The Wed­dell Sea
    9. The west coast of the Ant­arc­tic Pen­in­su­la
    10. Peter I Island
    11. The Ross Sea
    12. Mac­qua­rie Island
  • Flo­ra. A rather short page…
  • Fau­na. From alba­tros­ses and pen­gu­ins to wha­les and seals.
  • Ant­arc­tic envi­ron­men­tal pro­blems and what you can do about them. There’s more to it than cli­ma­te chan­ge!
last modification: 2014-05-14 · copyright: Rolf Stange