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!
National Geographic Explorer
As we crossed the Drake Passage, we partook in a thorough decontamination protocol to prepare for our landfall on the Antarctic continent today. Boots were scrubbed, bags were vacuumed out, and no seed was left clinging to a Velcro strap. By doing this we greatly reduced the chance of unwittingly ferrying unwanted hitchhikers like plants, fungal spores, or pathogens to the White Continent. We are now ready for Antarctica!