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Antarctic Explorer Update from David "Woody" Wood

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Feature photo: Ushuaia. Photo courtesy of Bei Maarten.

Quark Expedition Leader David "Woody" Wood is aboard the Ocean Diamond, leading the Antarctic Explorer Voyage:

2nd December: Ushuaia

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Pleneau Island: Iceberg Alley

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Pleneau Island is located west of Booth Island at the southern end of the Lemaire Channel and features an array of iceberg scenery. In fact, an astonishing ninety-three percent of the world’s mass of icebergs is found surrounding the Antarctic. The word "iceberg" actually comes from partial Dutch translation meaning "ice mountain." The term iceberg refers to chunks of ice larger than 5 meters (16 feet) and smaller chunks of ice are known as bergy bites (how cute!) and growlers. While Antarctic icebergs last typically ten years and Arctic bergs about two years, what's interesting to note is the glacial ice that icebergs are made of could be more than 15,000 years old!

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Frost Flowers

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"The earth laughs in flowers." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

So how do these pretty bouquets bloom ? Frost Flowers are formed on new and thin ice sublimates. Ice that changes directly from a solid to a gas, bypassing the liquid stage.

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Follow the leader!

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Can you keep up? Hurry! These chinstrap penguins are strutting in fine form and will not wait for you to take their picture!

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Romantic Antarctica

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Did you know that we've had lots of proposals, and even a few weddings on our polar voyages? Antarctica, the North Pole, or the Arctic are all perfect settings for that special moment in your life...talk about making it unforgettable!

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Moody Deception Island

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This shot of Whaler's Bay, Deception Island in Antarctica in stark black and white really evokes a sense of Antarctic history.

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A peaceful moment in Antarctica

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A peaceful-looking gentoo penguin watches over Neko Harbour, Antarctica.

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Falcon Scott in the Aitcho Islands with Quark Expeditions

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Falcon Scott on Zodiac in the Aitcho Islands, South Shetland Islands.

From the Feb 9th, 2013 Antarctic Explorer voyage aboard the Ocean Diamond, with special guests Falcon Scott and Jonathan Shackleton (relatives of the famous Antarctic explorers!). Read more about this amazing voyage with Scott and Shackleton here.

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Iceberg Archway

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Icebergs come in all shapes and sizes. It is hard describe the feeling you get when you see an iceberg up close for the first time and see the beautiful blue colors reflecting back at you. You will encounter many iceberg that have melted away to form uneven archways. The fragile archway allowing you to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife or a zodiac of Quark passengers cruising by on the other side.

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