The final leg of this voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula was made by visiting two stations - one currently active in research and the other having been repurposed for the tourism trade. This year, some 40,000 people will visit the continent of Antarctica, with 33% of them hailing from the United States. The second country is Australia at 5%.
icebergs and bergy bits that often choke the narrow harbor and one of our boats was utilized just to push them away to make a channel.
64.77°S, 64.05°W. Check out the live webcam from Palmer Station here.
The average winter temperature at Palmer Station since 1950 has risen five times faster than the global average. At Palmer Station, the winter temperature has risen an average of 2 degrees F. each decade since then, for a total rise of 11 degrees Fahrenheit!
We next visited Port Lockroy, the old British Base "A". The British named all their stations alphabetically, with this being the first of a secret World War II program called Operation Tabarin.
Antarctic Heritage Trust, a non-profit in the UK dedicated to preserving the history of these old stations. Have look at the wonderful restoration that has happened here since 1996.