Social Climbers

The Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) is big, as birds go, and as graceful underwater as it is ungainly on land. Its native habitat is Antarctica, and until recently, the bird has been considered ‘sea-ice obligate’, meaning it breeds and forages from sea-ice platforms. The species hasn’t been considered under threat for time being, but given…

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Records and Extremity

The century-old photo negatives found frozen in a block of ice at an old expedition supply hut are a marvel of clarity paired with the decay of time, of endeavors lost and gained. Left behind by the Ross Sea Party of the 1914-1917 Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, the same expedition that left behind some recently…

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Whisky on Antarctic Ice

  I’m not sure how often I will have the chance to post on a meeting of two such seemingly disparate subjects, both of which I talk about on a regular basis. Whisky, obviously. And the Antarctic. So I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have a look at how the two are connected. Ernest…

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