Drake Passage

Feb 11, 2020 - National Geographic Orion

Continuing our course due south, we are edging ever closer to the Antarctic Circle. This morning we crossed the Antarctic Convergence Zone at about 62 degrees 30 minutes south. Now we oceanographically, politically and biologically in true Antarctic waters!

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Conor Ryan


Conor Ryan is a congenital ecologist. His career began in the late 1980s, when he developed a keen interest in intertidal ecology, undertaking almost daily field trips to the seashore across from his home in Cobh, Ireland. Though he logged significant hours searching beneath barnacle-studded rocks for eels, his publication record on this seminal research was sorely lacking because he was five years old. As he grew, so too did the size of the marine creatures that he was preoccupied with. 

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