Log In now to add this Gigapan to a group gallery.
Log In now to add this Gigapan to a gallery.
About This GigapanToggle
- Taken by
- Explore score
- 0.06 Gigapixels
- Date added
- Aug 12, 2013
- Date taken
- Jan 10, 2013
- environmental, geology, travel
This panorama was taken by Mindy Kimball on 10 January 2013 off the coast of the South Shetland Islands. I was onboard the Akademik Ioffe, sailing on an expedition celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Geological Society of America (GSA). The trip was led by Cheeseman's Ecology Safaris, and arranged by GSA leadership and the Jackson School of Geosciences at University of Texas, Austin.
We were trying to do a landing nearby to see some blueschist, but there was about a mile of ice in front of the intended landing site, so we sailed for Point Lookout on the southern end of Elephant island. Cape Lookout is the small bunch of jagged rocks on the right side of the photo.
Elephant Island is where Ernest Shackleton landed with his crew of 27 men in 1916 when their ship, The Endurance, sank after being crushed by ice flows on their way to Antarctica. Shackleton left 23 men on Elephant Island and took 4 others with him to sail in a lifeboat, the James Caird, for South Georgia Island. The men on Elephant Island survived for over 4 months through the Antarctic winter, and Shackleton rescued every last man in late August 1916.
On the day of this photo, the air temperature was a cool O degrees C, water temp 1 degrees C. We were very fortunate with the weather on this day... there were no swells and no wind as we awoke to our trip leader's greeting of "Good Morning Shipmates!"
The panorama was taken at the geographic location 61°18'32" S 55°21'25" W