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Explorers and Penguins

Carole-Anne

Campbelltown, Australia

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Carsten Borchgrevink’s hut at Cape Adare, surrounded by the largest Adelie Penguin, pygoscelis adeliae, rookery in Antarctica (about 300,000 breeding pairs). The Transntarctic Mountains and the Ross Sea. Carsten Borchgrevink second trip to Antarctica was made in the “Southern Cross” and he and seven others were the first to over winter in Antarctica in 1899 at Cape Adare. The zoologist Nicolai Hansen died on 14 October 1899 becoming the first person to be buried on the Antarctic continent. During their stay they sledged to 78° 50S, setting a new southerly record.
Canon EOS, zoom lens.
(Featured in The World as we See it, or as we Missed it.)
Carsten Borchgrevink was not a very successful leader. The group of 8 split into two factions and one group of 4 ended up living in the ceiling space of this tiny hut. The now roofless hut on the right was their storeroom.
Every summer season the Adelies return to their nesting rookery on the pebble beach. Each pair has two eggs, but usually only one chick survives.

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