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Snapshots

  1. Cave

    Snapshot Title: Cave
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Base Primavera, and Cierva Cove, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:



  2. Vascular Plants

    Snapshot Title: Vascular Plants
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Base Primavera, and Cierva Cove, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Deschampsia antarctica, also called Antarctic hair grass, is one of the 2 native Antarctic vascular plants.



  3. Lichen

    Snapshot Title: Lichen
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Base Primavera, and Cierva Cove, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The bright orange is lichen.



  4. Dirty Iceberg

    Snapshot Title: Dirty Iceberg
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Base Primavera, and Cierva Cove, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    As glaciers move across land, they can pick up dirt and rocks and transport them hundreds of miles. Here we see dirt in an iceberg, which was once part of a nearby glacier.



  5. Glacier

    Snapshot Title: Glacier
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Base Primavera, and Cierva Cove, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Icebergs break off of glaciers like this one. The process, called calving, produced all of the icebergs that you see in Cierva Cove.



  6. Growler - not your ordinary iceberg

    Snapshot Title: Growler - not your ordinary iceberg
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Base Primavera, and Cierva Cove, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    I notice at least 2 strange things about this piece of ice. First, it is almost clear, and not snowy like the other icebergs. Second, it has a slight green tint. I wonder how it got that way.



  7. Zodiac Cruise

    Snapshot Title: Zodiac Cruise
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Base Primavera, and Cierva Cove, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    These folks are getting a close look at the ice of Cierva Cove.



  8. Icebergs

    Snapshot Title: Icebergs
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Base Primavera, and Cierva Cove, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Icebergs are large chunks of fresh-water ice that are usually colored shades of blue and white. They are ancient ice that was once part of a glacier. Looking around Cierva Cove, there quite a few glac...



  9. Zodiacs

    Snapshot Title: Zodiacs
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Base Primavera, and Cierva Cove, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    These sturdy little boats transport people and supplies between the Professor Multanovskiy and shore.On this day we got a zodiac cruise among the icebergs in Cierva Cove.



  10. Bano

    Snapshot Title: Bano
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Base Primavera, and Cierva Cove, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    It looks like there is a queue of Gentoo Penguins.



  11. Southern Gentoo Penguins

    Snapshot Title: Southern Gentoo Penguins
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Base Primavera, and Cierva Cove, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Pygoscelis papua ellsworthi - the orange-red bill and the white triangle behind the eye tell us that these are Gentoo penguins. Since this is the Antarctic Peninsula, these would likely be Southern Ge...



  12. Chinstrap Penguins

    Snapshot Title: Chinstrap Penguins
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Base Primavera, and Cierva Cove, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Pygoscelis antarcticus - easy to identify with their distinctive black stripe across the throat.



  13. Leopard Seal

    Snapshot Title: Leopard Seal
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Base Primavera, and Cierva Cove, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Hydruga leptonyx - This curious fellow is checking out the zodiacs. We saw quite a few Leopard Seals on this voyage. We most often saw them in rather shallow water near the spots where penguins dive ...