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Window to the Soul of a Blue Iceberg in Cierva Cove, Antarctica

As I close my series on Antarctica, I’d like to offer one more image of this dramatic destination. This blue iceberg is one of my favorite photos from Antarctica. Our two rubber Zodiacs set off one morning to cruise around Cierva Cove. The bay was choked with icebergs ranging from tiny to gargantuan,…

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How I Scored a Deeply Discounted Antarctic Cruise

Like any travel writer worth his or her salt, one of my life’s goals has been to visit all seven continents. Unfortunately, I couldn’t afford the price of Antarctic cruises…until a couple of years ago, when I discovered the secret to scoring a cheap fare. If you’re in the same boat (no pun…

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Sunrise at the Head of the Lemaire Channel, Antarctica

My time in Antarctica was coming to a close when the captain announced we would arrive at the Lemaire Channel early the next morning. Located on the western side of the Waddell Peninsula, between Graham Land on the continent and Booth Island, this narrow 6.6-mile long sea passage offers one of the most…

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VIDEO: Escapades with the Animals of Antarctica

Antarctica. The coldest, driest, windiest, most severe place on the face of the earth. It’s hard to imagine that any creature can exist in such a harsh environment. But the animals of Antarctica not only survive, they thrive, like the tiny krill, which float through the seas in great masses, providing a vital…

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Penguin on an Iceberg in Antarctica

I saw hundreds of thousands of penguins in Antarctica. I saw thousands of icebergs. I even saw hundreds of penguins on icebergs. But this sole Adelie penguin on an iceberg in Antarctica was the most captivating of all. My jaw dropped. I’d been watching colonies of penguins at Brown Bluff make their way,…

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Weddell Seals are the Cutest of all the Seals in Antarctica

Deception Island, the first expedition of my Antarctica cruise, lived up to its name in every way. From afar it looked like a solid chunk of barren rock, but when we circled around to the back side its high cliffs fell away to the sea. A narrow channel led through the break in…

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