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Author Archives: Rolf Stange

Drake Passage

10th-11th January 2015 – God has put the Drake Passage between Antarctica and the rest of the world, and this seaway has got its bad reputation for good reason. But it is not at all living up to its reputation … Continue reading

Ushuaia & Beagle Channel

Unbelievable how much 152 people are supposed to eat within 31 days. Well beyond a dozen of us needed an intense couple of hours to carry all those boxes with things from frozen fish to big melons up the gangway … Continue reading

Ushuaia

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I hav heard that it was Lao Tse who said that, and he was quite right. In this case, however, the first step is actually not small at all. … Continue reading

Antarctic blog ready to go in time

While Rolf is heading torwards Antarctica and will soon send his first impressions, the webmaster of  Antarktis.net was hard-working too. Soon we will be able to provide an Antarctic blog for those interested in Rolf’s adventures in the far south. … Continue reading

Ice loss in western Antarctica

Continental ice masses in western Antarctica are believed to be less stable than their counterparts in East Antarctica. Most likely, they are already making a significant contribution to global sea level rise. This contribution may even increase strongly in the … Continue reading

Belorussia plans Antarctic station

Belorussia wants to add yet another one to the already impressive number of stations in the “untouched” wilderness of Antarctica. Work is planned to commence in 2015, and in 2017, the new station is scheduled to be largely operative. An … Continue reading

Feather-loss disorder observed in antarctic penguins

The feather-loss disorder is an avian disease that leads to the loss of part of the plumage. It has been observed on a number of occasions in penguin colonies in South Africa and South America since 2006. Little is known … Continue reading

Quantarctica: free GIS to make antarctic research data accessible for all

Scientists are constantly gathering large amounts of data in and about Antarctica. But how can the public access and use these data? The Norwegian Polar Institue has made an effort to make scientific data from Antarctica accessible for everybody by … Continue reading

Volcanic activity under Thwaites Glacier contributes to melting

The Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica has recently attracted considerable media attention, as scientists have predict it to collaps largely in the future. It is up to 4 kilometres thick and large enough to contribute with 1-2 metres to global … Continue reading

Japan wants to continue whaling in Antarctica

They can’t just let it be: Japan’s conservative prime minister Shinzo Abe has declared to plead for a continuation of Japanese whaling. In early 2014, the highest UN court had declared Japanese whaling in its current form for illegal, as … Continue reading

Uplift of the northern Antarctic Peninsula: result of tectonics and ice loss

The process of land uplift as a consequence of loss of large ice masses is well known from northern Scandinavia and Spitsbergen, where traces of such events including raised beaches can be seen in many places. In Antarctica, it is … Continue reading

New statistics for tourism in Antarctica

The International Association of Antarctic Tour operators has published new statistics of tourism in Antarctica. Numbers for the now finished 2013-14 season are not finalized yet, but preliminary figures indicate a stable development without major changes from previous years. In … Continue reading

Article about Ross Sea voyage published by Dale L. Jacobsen

Dale L. Jacobsen is a well-known author in Australia and participant on the voyage into the Ross Sea on board MV Ortelius in February 2013. She has written an article about her antarctic adventure which is now published on Travelosophy. … Continue reading

Macquarie Island free of rats, mice and rabbits

Macquarie Island is 1500 kilometres southeast of Tasmania and belongs to Australia. For decades, the once so rich seabird populations of the island have suffered strongly from introduced rats, mice and rabbits: eggs and chicks were stolen from nests by … Continue reading

“Scientific” whaling sentenced by International Court of Justice

A recent sentence by the International Court of Justice in The Hague may not have stopped Japanese whaling in Antarctica finally, but it has at least given it a serious legal blow. It is now established by the highest international … Continue reading

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