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THESE IMAGES ARE FROM A 2008 TRIP TO THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA. FOR MORE -- AND QUITE DIFFERENT -- IMAGES, FROM A 2014 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.

Adelie Penguin & colony 2918

Adelie Penguin & colony 2918

Adelie Penguins & "creche" of Adelie chicks 2948

Adelie Penguins & "creche" of Adelie chicks 2948

Blue-eyed Shag (Cormorant) 2977

Blue-eyed Shag (Cormorant) 2977

Blue-eyed Shag (Cormorant) 3014

Blue-eyed Shag (Cormorant) 3014

Adelie Penguins 3072

Adelie Penguins 3072

Adelie Penguin 3047

Adelie Penguin 3047

Adelie Penguin "creche" 3105

Adelie Penguin "creche" 3105

Chinstrap Penguins 3169

Chinstrap Penguins 3169

Chinstrap Penguin with rock for nest 3212

Chinstrap Penguin with rock for nest 3212

Chinstrap Penguins 3170

Chinstrap Penguins 3170

Chinstrap Penguins 3241

Chinstrap Penguins 3241

Chinstrap Penguin 3228

Chinstrap Penguin 3228

Chinstrap Penguins mating 3261

Chinstrap Penguins mating 3261

Chinstrap Penguins 3264

Chinstrap Penguins 3264

Iceberg, showing 85% underwater 3313

Iceberg, showing 85% underwater 3313

Iceberg sculpture 3323

Iceberg sculpture 3323

Leopard Seal - note mountain reflected on seal 3362

Leopard Seal - note mountain reflected on seal 3362

Leopard Seal 3363

Leopard Seal 3363

Leopard Seal 3401

Leopard Seal 3401

Iceberg sculpture 3422

Iceberg sculpture 3422