Happy New Year 2011!

It’s possible to travel back in time easily if you are standing on the south pole!  In Antarctica, there are so many time zones to choose from. The antarctic circle is where the time zones all come together on the bottom of the world.

This update is being written as 2010 crosses over into 2011.  In parts of Antarctica it is 2011, and other parts are still in the old year.  Of course, penguins have no sense of time zones.  But they are always looking dressed up for any occasion, especially New Year’s Eve!

Happy New Year!

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Winter Post – Penguins, Drilling, Scuba & Ice

It’s winter in Antartica, and perhaps that slows down the speed of posting news and updates here.  It’s cold!

But as always, we’re concerned about tracking important environmental changes.  Scientists are trying hard to monitor our ice, but with older technology.   Old and not-so-old technology is used to monitor penquin poo of emperor penguins, while newer technology is used to drill down in places such as Lake Vostok to find microbes and more.  Lake Vostok is the largest sub-glacial lake in Antarctica – it is located far under the surface.

Lake Vostok Antartica drilling

And in other news, you can read this report from a world traveler who scuba dived beneath the antartic circle, seeing leopard seals, fur seals, whales, starfish, and of course penguins.  Smaller antartic animals mentioned include amphipods and copepods.  There may have been an iPod spotted as well!

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Antarctic News – early 2009

Antarctica has progressed as this article shows:

Modernized Antarctica Has All the Amenities

“A century after Amundsen and Scott, today’s Antarctica comes complete with Internet access and regular meals.”

And here are some…

Beautiful Jan 2009 Antarctic Photos

On the more unsettling side of things, we have the disturbing:

Collapse Of Antarctic Ice Sheet Would Likely Put Washington, D.C. Largely Underwater

Be assured that we like our ice sheet just the way it is.  It took a long time to make, and it’s a treasure of Antarctica.

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and it’s a special holiday here.  It also is the harbinger of the upcoming season when some species of penguin get a little frisky.  Enjoy it!

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President of Antarctica 2008

Hey, I’m back down south for the summer (southern hemisphere), doing the whole leadership thing. I’m not the king, just the president, and the team I’ve built is among the top in the world.

And we’ve come up with a new slogan for my office “Governing More Than Penguins, Seals, & Glaciers”.  It’s a strong statement of our capabilities.  We will improve in 2009, as we’ve done every year since my administration began.

Have a great day!

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