Worldly Vistas: Lichen

Lichen covered rock, Antarctica

Lichen-Covered Rocks
Photographed in Antarctica

Antarctica has more than snow, seals and penguins, though that might just be a penguin on the top of that rock!

Lichens grow in many areas of Antarctica. This shows how lichen can colonize an area, forming patterns and add interesting color to the rocks jutting out of the snow.


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Worldly Vistas: Icescape

Antractica - ice to the sea

Below the 60th Parallel
Photographed in Antarctica

Ice everywhere…at least for now. But the beautiful glaciers in Antarctica are at threat from global warming as warming temperatures, melting ice, and rising seas endanger this pristine ecosystem.

I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. Just sayin’


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Antarctica: Crabby Characters

Crabeater Seals, Antarctica © Ann-Rhea S. Fitch

Crabeater Seals
Photographed in Antarctica

What an odd name for these seals since their major prey is not crabs but Antarctic krill. Also, interesting about these guys is that they are the most numerous pinniped species in the world. They are found throughout the pack ice that surrounds the Antarctic continent, often in more concentrated numbers around the edges. On occasion have also been found in South Africa, South America, New Zealand and Australia.

There is no accurate count of how many exist, but estimates range 7 – 75 million!


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Antarctica: Yay. It’s Summer

Chinstrap Penguin

Chinstrap Penguin
Photographed in Antarctica

The chinstrap penguins inhabist a variety of islands and shores in the Southern Pacific and the Antarctic Ocean. Its name derives from the narrow black band under its head, making it appear as if it were wearing a black helmet. I think they often look as if they are smiling.

It is one of the easiest penguins to identify, and one of the cutest!


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Antarctica: Weddell Seals

Baby Weddell Seal begging its mom for food, photographed on Antarctica

Baby Weddell Seal with Mom
Photographed on Antarctica

Weddell seals have the most southerly distribution of any mammal, with a habitat that extends as far south as McMurdo Sound at 77°S.


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