Approaching the South Shetlands

Feb 21, 2020 - National Geographic Orion


The seas and wind moderated through the night and there was a healthy crowd at breakfast, looking forward to our passage into Antarctic waters, south of 60 south latitude. By crossing that line we officially are in Antarctia, though it would take most of the day to transit the Polar Front and make the ecological jump (figuratively) into the colder Southern Ocean. The literal jump into the ocean, a true polar plunge, may well come later on in the voyage.

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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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