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First View of the Antarctic Peninsula

After two days and three nights of open and rough seas, no one was more glad to see land on ship more than me -- and the first views of the Antarctica Peninsula were well worth the wait.  The sunrise and the first views were truly beautiful -- and gave a hint of great things to come. 

 The Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost part of the mainland of Antarctica. It extends from a line between Cape Adams (Weddell Sea) and a point on the mainland south of Eklund Islands.

 First View of the Antarctic Peninsula  Iceberg off Antarctic Peniinsula  First View of Antarctica Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula is important because research has revealed that the forces of climate change are having a great effect on the region. The remote polar position has resulted in the area being dotted with numerous research stations and multiple claims of sovereignty. The peninsula forms part of disputed and overlapping claims by Argentina, Chile and the United Kingdom. None of these claims have international recognition and the respective countries do not currently actively pursue enforcement.

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