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Low-Light Photography Tips for Epic Northern Lights & Starscape Pics in Polar Regions

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Photo courtesy of Dr. Sam Crimmin, Quark Expeditions Doctor

Imagine vast expanses of sky, free from air and light pollution, with even low magnitude stars are visible to the naked eye and a dizzying array of lights dance overhead. The polar regions are home to some of the most fantastic and original photography opportunities on the planet. However, conditions can make these areas among the most challenging for photographers, as well.

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Polar-Passionate 'Citizen Scientists' Invited to Participate in Antarctic Penguin Watch Project

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This coming December and January, Quark Expeditions passengers on select Antarctic voyages will have a unique opportunity to witness polar preservation research in action. Dr. Tom Hart, Junior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, will join Quark Expeditions on the Antarctic Explorer and Scotia Arc trips to continue his research for the Penguin Lifelines project.

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5 Spectacular South Atlantic & Antarctic Bucket List Beaches

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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands aren't widely known as beach destinations. Yet for the adventurous traveler yearning for something a little different, these not-so-hot spots could be just the ticket! Here are five chilly beaches that need to be added to your bucket list:

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Stand-up Paddleboarding: A Unique New Perspective on Antarctic Adventure

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Beginning in the 2015.16 Antarctic travel season, Quark Expeditions passengers can participate in a fun, exhilarating new adventure: Stand-up Paddleboarding (also known as SUP).

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Spotlight on Port Lockroy: A Living Museum & Haven for Gentoo Penguins

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Tucked away in a natural harbour on Goudier Island, on the western shores of Wiencke Island, Port Lockroy is a popular stop on our Antarctic Explorer voyages as well as Antarctic Express: Cruise South, Fly North and other Antarctic expeditions.

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Antarctica bound: Books for the passionate polar buff

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One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at Quark Expeditions (aside from "What do I pack? and "Any tips for handling the Drake Passage?") is what our recommended reading for Antarctica is. When preparing for their journey south, excited history-buffs often want to read all about past explorers and get into the polar mindset.

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Spotlight on Falkland Islands and South Georgia: Explorers & Kings

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Photo courtesy of Chris, Quark passenger.

Early in the Antarctic travel season each year, passengers aboard the Quark Expeditions Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica expedition spend two days each in the Falklands (Islas Malvinas) and on beautiful, remote South Georgia.

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Antarctic Expeditions Yesterday and Today: 100 Years of Exploration

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This November, famed polar explorer and expert Jonathan Shackleton will once again join Quark Expeditions aboard the Ocean Diamond. This marks 100 years since his cousin Sir Ernest Shackleton's legendary voyage on The Endurance, in which he and his crew had hoped to be the first explorers to traverse the seventh continent.

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The South Sandwich Islands

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Written by Dr. Tom Hart, Penguinologist, Oxford University, UK.

Tom runs the Penguin Lifelines project at Oxford University and the Zoological Society of London, through which he monitors Antarctic wildlife using camera trapping, volunteer photos and population genetics. Tom’s PhD at Imperial College and the British Antarctic Survey investigated penguin foraging behavior around South Georgia.

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A study on climate change & declining penguin populations

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At Quark Expeditions, we are proud to partner with scientists who are leading their fields in boots-on-the-ground research. In addition to some of the more famous explorers we’ve welcomed aboard as Resident Experts, year after year we have the pleasure of welcoming Oxford Biology Department researchers and penguinologists, Dr. Tom Hart and Gemma Clucas.

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