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Chapter 1 (v.1) - Antarctica

Submitted: August 01, 2020

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Antarctica

 

Antarctica. You know, that giant continent at the bottom of the earth that’s ruled by penguins and seals.”
? C.B. Cook, Twinepathy

 

Antarctica would be a really cool place to visit, both figuratively and literally. The one thing that makes it less appealing to me than the Arctic is the lack of polar bears, but then you can’t have everything.

So many penguins! Funny little creatures as they wander around on the snow and ice, especially with those fluffy chicks balanced on top of their feet. The Emperor penguin would be the species I’m most familiar with, but the Macaroni penguins are the funniest to look at with their yellow strands of hair. (They remind me of someone, come to think of it, but that’s a thought I’ll keep to myself.

One of the most vivid and disturbing images I have of Antarctica is that of the seals, clubbed to death. I’m not sure if the culling still takes place (a quick internet search says that it is illegal and has been for years.) The biggest threat now seems to be from tourism.

America has a long established scientific research station, called the McMurdo Station there. Some of the cruises that take place in the region stop off there and passengers are allowed to visit.

As well as seals and penguins, Antarctica provides some truly spectacular scenery. And it’s far from being just icebergs. There are mountains, crevasses, glaciers and lots and lots of snow. It is one of the few remaining places in the world that has been almost unspoiled by mankind – long may it remain so.


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