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THESE IMAGES ARE FROM A 2014 TRIP TO THE ANTARCTICA PENINSULA. FOR MORE -- AND QUITE DIFFERENT -- IMAGES, FROM A 2008 TRIP, CLICK HERE, TO LOOK AT THAT GALLERY.

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Antarctica is an extraordinary place, both for the extremes of its mountains and ice shelves and for the vast population of birds and marine animals. The Antarctic Peninsula itself juts northward about 1,200 miles, from the Weddell Sea toward South America. Interestingly, it is the only part of Antarctica that lies north of the Antarctic Circle; and the northern tip of the Peninsula is only 600 miles south of Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America. The Drake Passage, which separates the two, is notoriously rough, and the passage can be quite an ordeal. The Antarctic Peninsula is the destination for almost all Antarctic cruises. Unlike the Arctic, which is only an ice sheet, the Antarctic is a continent, and quite a dramatic one. The mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula are high, with peaks rising more than 9,000 feet, and are generally considered to be a continuation of the Andes of South America.

Elephant Seals, Elephant Point, Telefon Bay 0707

Elephant Seals, Elephant Point, Telefon Bay 0707

Weddell Seal, Elephant Point, Telefon Bay 0714

Weddell Seal, Elephant Point, Telefon Bay 0714

Cierva Cove 0750

Cierva Cove 0750

Cierva Cove 0869

Cierva Cove 0869

Cierva Cove 0854

Cierva Cove 0854

Cierva Cove 0881

Cierva Cove 0881

Gentoo Penguin, Cierva Cove 0920

Gentoo Penguin, Cierva Cove 0920

Crabeater Seal, Cierva Cove 0936

Crabeater Seal, Cierva Cove 0936

Crabeater Seal, Cierva Cove 0951

Crabeater Seal, Cierva Cove 0951

Crabeater Seal, Danco Island 2044

Crabeater Seal, Danco Island 2044

Cierva Cove 0963

Cierva Cove 0963

Gentoo Penguins, Cierva Cove 1003

Gentoo Penguins, Cierva Cove 1003

Gentoo Penguins, Cierva Cove 1006

Gentoo Penguins, Cierva Cove 1006

Gentoo Penguin, Cierva Cove 1012

Gentoo Penguin, Cierva Cove 1012

Gentoo Penguin, Port Lockroy 1140

Gentoo Penguin, Port Lockroy 1140

Gentoo Penguins, Elephant Point, TelefonBay 0689

Gentoo Penguins, Elephant Point, TelefonBay 0689

Gentoo Penguins, Yalour Islands 1670

Gentoo Penguins, Yalour Islands 1670

Too close to a carnivorous & predatory Leopard Seal, Yalour Islands 1627

Too close to a carnivorous & predatory Leopard Seal, Yalour Islands 1627

Antarctic Tern, Danco Island 1999

Antarctic Tern, Danco Island 1999

Lemaire Channel 1172

Lemaire Channel 1172