Daily Expedition Reports
Spert Islands and Cierva Cove
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 25 Feb 2020

Spert Islands and Cierva Cove

  • Aboard the National Geographic Orion
  • Antarctica

We awoke this morning to another day of brilliant sunshine and calm conditions, having transited eastward in the Gerlache Strait to the vicinity of Trinity Island, near the eastern edge of the Palmer Archipelago. The Spert Island Group is built from dark basaltic rocks extending southwest from Trinity Island, with dramatic bluffs, channels, and arches, with icebergs swept up against a lee shore, and with nesting seabirds from Antarctic terns to chinstrap penguins; perfect for exciting Zodiac cruising when the conditions allow. For the afternoon we crossed the strait to Cierva Cove, one of the most biodiverse areas of the Antarctic peninsula (and specially protected for scientific research), whose interior is filled with the wreckage of ice calved off along miles of active glacier front.

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