Wednesday, January 13, 2010

January 13: Flanders Bay

Today we arrived at Flanders Bay (currently at 65 deg 5 min S and 63 deg 12 min W) after coming down Gerlache Strait on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula. I would have to rate this landscape as one of the most amazing I have ever seen in my life. What a privilege and treat to be here. We are in narrow fjords with steep walls that are covered in hanging ice that comes right down into the ocean. The mountains look a bit like the highest peaks in the Alaska Range, but sea level is almost at the peaks. There is rich wildlife with many sea birds and penguins. We also enjoyed a visit from some humpback whales who decided to circle the ship a few times.

We were ready to put in a timelapse camera and a seismic station today, but the clouds kept coming lower and we eventually had to give up on the plan. High winds are forecast, but hopefully it will clear up tomorrow.

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