Post Tagged with: "Antarctica"

26Apr
2012

Shot of the Week

Another from the very extensive penguin library.

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5Mar
2012

A Penguin Live Stream to Make Your Day

In case you haven’t noticed, TKGO has a slight penguin obsession. Which is why we have been playing this live stream throughout the work day (with the sound on and headphones in for the full effect, of course).

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27Jan
2011

Asado in Ushuaia, Argentina

Before setting off for Antarctica in December 2006, we expeditioners spent a few days in our port city, Ushuaia—the southernmost city in Argentina, and the closest in the world to Antarctica via the Drake Passage. It was here I had my first introduction to a lifelong obsession: the Argentinian asado. The traditional asado is a four-hour method for grilling meat that locks in the succulent flavor and moisture without adding much additional seasoning except salt. Here, they made lamb in […]

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17Oct
2010

Shot of the Week

…And this is why penguins are considered birds. Another snap from Antarctica. (Can you tell I’m jonesing for it?) –Tara for TKGO

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3Oct
2010

Shot of the Week

Antarctica’s massive icebergs are literally floating eye candy, like this non-tabular gem caught at a rare sunset moment. (There are only four hours of darkness during the summer, so it’s hard to be awake at sunset!) Gran and I like to think of it as an igloo at the wrong pole. –Tara for TKGO

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1Oct
2010

Antarctica: The Summertime Penguin Guide

In the peninsular and continental regions the National Geographic Explorer took us, summertime brings adelies, gentoos, chinstraps and the rare emperor penguin. How to tell them apart? Here’s a nifty guide. (Hint: It’s not hard.)     The Adelie At half the size of an emperor penguin, an adelie is one of the smallest penguin species. They are entirely black and white, and prefer colder climates. The Gentoo The easiest way to tell a gentoo apart from other penguin species […]

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29Sep
2010

Antarctica: What’s Eating that Penguin?

Boy meets penguin. The Antarctic food chain is basic enough: Penguins rule on land. But they eat krill, and must venture into the sea to find it. Killer whales and seals feed on penguins, making the penguins’ necessary trips into the water dangerous. Obviously this cycle misses the fish, predatory birds and krill-eating humpback whales, among other things, but you get the idea. But who’s bothering the penguins? The Whales Humpbacks (above) and killer whales are common in the Drake […]

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28Sep
2010

Antarctica: The Research

That little red dot in the bottom right hand corner? That’s a hut. Antarctica dwarfs all human activity. Even a Frank Lloyd Wright, in place of that little red shack, doesn’t stand a chance against these towers of ice and snow. And this might be the reason why marine biologists, naturalists, geologists, penguin researchers and explorers love Antarctica more than Heidi Montag loves plastic surgery. Our expedition offered a little of everything. Dennis, a marine biologist, reported his findings in […]

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26Sep
2010

Shot of the Week

On especially clear days in Antarctica, when the sky and ocean are the same color, the icebergs and their reflections look like floating islands against a blue background. –Tara for TKGO

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