Antarctica, from one end of the earth to the other
Well, not exactly. Last October you may have seen my blog, In Search of Polar Bears. That trip took me just below the Arctic Circle and thus still a distance from the North Pole. In just over a month on Nov 5th I will be heading to Antarctica. My adventure there will again be a distance from the pole but I’m still going to say that I have been at the top and the bottom of this beautiful planet.
Antarctica has been at the top of my wanderlist for a number of years and I am excited about realizing this aspiration. I have to admit that I feel a slight bit of trepidation about crossing the Drake passage which is often notoriously rough. This could be a real test of my sea legs. What I will focus on instead is the opportunity to see those magnificent ice formations, visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.
Besides its natural beauty and importance to the health of our planet it is also intriguing that the continent is not “owned” by any nation. in April 1958 President Eisenhower convened a conference to discuss the future of Antarctica. It was proposed that the continent should be open to all nations for the pursuit of scientific and other peaceful activities. On 1 December 1959 the Antarctic Treaty was signed by the 12 nations which had operated scientific stations in the area during IGY. The treaty was ratified by all twelve countries on 23 June 1961 when it came into force. It has grown to have 50 adherents by 2012 which represent almost 85% of the world’s population. One of the most important aspects of the Treaty is that the claimant nations have, in effect, frozen or shelved their sovereignty claims indefinitely.
Watch this great video from Paul Statham to get an idea of the trip and the beauty of Antartica.
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