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Antarctica: The Expedition, Beagle Channel, Drake Passage, Halfmoon Island, Rocas Hydrurga with Cuverville Island, Palmer Station with Lemaire Channel & Petermann Island, Brown Station with Neko Harbor, Brown Bluff with Esperanza Station, Whalers Bay with Yankee Harbor, Drake Passage

Antarctica Expedition - Day 4:
by Prakash Bang, Editor in Chief

Tuesday, January 12th
Rocas Hydrurga
Lat. 64 08' S, Long. 61 37' O
Cuverville Island
Lat. 64 41' S, Long. 62 38' W
Morning Temp.: 2C
Winds: 19 knots NE
Evening Temp.: 0C
Winds: 5 knots NW

Zodiac Cruising, Cuverville Island, Antarctica

In the morning, we landed at Hydrurga Rocks, a tiny island in the Gerlache Strait full of Chinstrap penguins - most of them with their chicks. Also hovering above and stationed were Kelp gulls with their chicks, Skuas and several Weddell seals resting on the snow and rocks.

In the afternoon we landed at Cuverville Island, at the north mouth of Errera Channel passing between Rong Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Cuverville is a rocky island with considerable moss covering the high elevations although covered by snow this time of the year. After landing we went for a walk to both sides of the beach, taking care not to step on any of the many penguin highways. The island was full with Gentoo penguins. The penguin gates were amusing reminding me about cartoon animations.

At Rocas Hydrurga, Antarctica Since the wind and the weather were permitting, we spent an hour cruising on Zodiacs. I am at a loss for words to describe the experience of being at touching distance of icebergs with intriguing shapes, sizes and hues of blue. Since all good things need to come to an end, we had to return to our ship.

At dinner time we celebrated birthday of a fellow passenger. After dinner we watched the movie "The March of the Penguins". I had seen this film umpteen times before. Today, it made a special impression.

Fact file:
There are 4 South Poles. Here goes:

Geographic South Pole
Intersection point with the axis of the Earth's rotation
Nearest to Amundsen-Scott Station
2,900 km from magnetic pole

Magnetic South Pole
Location where the magnetic field is vertical
Moves about 5 km per year
Approx. at 65S, 38E
Currently moving northwest

Geomagnetic South Pole
Intersection of the surface of the Earth with the extended axis of a magnetic dipole which is assumed to be located at the centre of the Earth
Approximates the source of the Earth's magnetic field

Pole of Inaccessibility
Point furthest from all coasts
Located at 84S, 65E

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