Across the Scotia Sea

Dec 03, 2019 - National Geographic Orion


Our second day transiting the Scotia Sea drove home the absolute wilderness here in the Southern Ocean. For the last 48 hours we have seen no artificial light other than of our own making, nor evidence of other human activity upon the waves. We have driven through slightly lumpy seas this morning, which calmed to a placid, almost windless gray expanse this afternoon. What looks uniformly dull and barren to us above the water is a deception, however. The Antarctic Circumpolar Current swirls into eddies and streams, driven by the weather above and the ground below, stirring up nutrients and concentrating krill and plankton. Fish, seabirds, whales, and seals all are hunting the wild ocean for these swarms of abundant food.

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Robert Edwards

Naturalist

Growing up in the Appalachian foothills of the Garden State, Rob instinctively knew it made a lot more sense to head over the hill into the fields, forests, lakes, and streams behind his house, rather than down the road to the shopping mall in front of it. The natural world piqued the inherent curiosity in all of us and set his life course based on these questions: how does the world work, and how do we as humans fit into it?  

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