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Date: 31 Jan 2012 00:08:53
Title: Antarctic Photos 9 – Palmer Stat ion

Antarctic Photos 9 – Palmer Station

 

Palmer Station is one of the three US scientific bases in Antarctica

 

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As we approached Palmer the brash ice was incredibly thick – we doubted whether we would get there, but we were determined to do so

 

 

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Things weren’t helped by the big berg that blocked entrance to the creek

 

 

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The dinghy went ahead to recce the final approaches

 

 

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Eventually we give up to anchor elsewhere and dinghy in

 

 

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Our chosen anchorage with two very long lines ashore – one of them came loose during the storm that night

 

 

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The station had hoisted the Union Flag as a courtesy for our visit

 

 

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Group shot in front of the decorated oil storage tank

 

 

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The dinghy returns to Mina2 after our visit to the station

 

 

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Our first sighting of the little Adelie penguins in Antarctica. They are cold loving  and Palmer is the northernmost rookery – but shrinking every year. The scientists believe that there will be none left here by 2014

 

 

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