This region was formerly part of the Andes and was called "Antarc-andes". I experienced some of the 15-20 inches of annual snowfall during my time here but also some magnificent sunlit, snowy, mountainous landscapes characteristic of this region. This area is also reported to be one of the fastest warming places on the planet. Winter sea ice here has declined by three months and the rate of temperature increase is 6x greater than the global average.
It's quite a treat to be on a moving ship as it slowly leaves a trail of broken sea ice.
I was looking forward to seeing all the charismatic Antarctic animals like penguins, seals, and whales. What I didn't expect was to be absolutely blown away by the scale of the icy landscape!
Icebergs are definitely 'cool' in my book (pun intended).
Jackson W.F. Chu
Jackson is a marine biologist, photographer, and dog-owner. This blog will try to be heavy on the photos and light on the text.