Antarctic Circle and Crystal Sound

Feb 12, 2020 - National Geographic Orion


Our extended ocean crossing through the western part of the Drake Passage was rewarded when we woke up this morning and found ourselves on the verge of crossing the Antarctic Circle. Not just a dotted line on the map, this latitude represents the tilt of the earth relative to our orbit around the sun, meaning that at this line on the summer solstice the sun never sets. While we are visiting well on in the summer season, we still plan to take advantage of the long daylight hours over the coming week to explore this unique part of the globe. Only a few vessels have the opportunity to travel this far south in any year, so we count ourselves lucky to follow in the tracks of heroic explorers such as Adrien de Gerlache and Jean Baptist Charcot.

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Robert Edwards

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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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Eric began his life on the far western edge of Chicago, where the concrete meets the cornfields.  His inspiration has always drawn from the expansive beauty of the natural world, as well as the endless forms that populate it.

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