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Antarctic summer 2002     This is the three month composite image of biosphere activity as measured by SeaWiFS for late December 2001 through late March 2002 — summer in the southern hemisphere. I suppose my facination here has its roots in Antarctic exploration. Some of the first real penetration of Antarctic waters was done by whalers. And of course the whalers came for the whales, and whales came here because of krill, and krill was here because of plankton. The concentrations of chlorophyll a are highest in the areas of yellow and red, and many of these are in the partially open seas around Antarctica during the summer, including one concentration to the NW of South Georgia Island — right at the center of this image — home of one of the main whaling stations in the southern hemisphere during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The southernmost concentration is just north of the Ross Ice Self. The southernmost part of this concentration is the Bay of Whales, which is the farthest south that open water can be found around Antarctica, and was where Amundsen anchored the Fram and set up headquarters to launch his successful bid to attain the South Pole in 1911. Unfortunately the Bay of Whales in the Ross Ice Shelf is now gone, part of a huge breakoff of that part of the Ross in just the last few years.

Antarctic summer 2002

 


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