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Antarctica 2007 calendars

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Just four months old and already weighing 140kg, this Southern elephant seal, takes it easy on Macquarie Island while posing for Iain Field, a contributor to Antarctica 2007: Images of a Frozen Land — the popular calendar produced in Tasmania. 

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Beauty and mystery in rare Antarctic clouds

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A rare and spectacular cloud formation appeared at the end of the polar night at Australia’s Mawson station in Antarctica.

These so-called nacreous clouds were situated high in the stratosphere, some 20km above the ground, and indicate extremely cold temperatures in the rarefied atmosphere. 

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Life and times of the giant squid

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The large deepsea squid shown above triggered its own photograph on a special undersea camera used by Antartic Division scientists during their last expedition to Heard Island, and mimics the movements of the true Giant Squid which was photographed for the first time recently by Japanese scientists.

Hobart-based Liz Turner, Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the Tasmanian Museum in Hobart, Rosny Collections and Research Facility, says “For the world to be able to see the photographs of a live Giant Squid is a huge leap in the quest for knowledge about these gargantuans of the oceans”.

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What’s in a name?

imageWell, it’s official. Just ask Muddles, officially named by Trina Mangels of Hobart.

We decided our bedraggled little Adelie penguin needed a name and out readers responded with zeal, and often, tongue in cheek.

Five of them will be receiving a copy of Images of Antarctica as a reward for their effort.

Lorraine McNeair of Wynyard came close with Mudwaddle (really, really, close at the judge’s lunch, the tie being decided by the waiter).

Other names submitted included Adelie, Mudelie, Mudslide, Mudson, and some more obscure ones, including Pengathlon, Percy and Maximus. There were many more and we thank our readers, from all parts of the globe, for their submissions.

The calendars are on their way to the finalists.

Images from a frozen land

Antarctic jade ice

Tasmanians Andy Townsend and Lyn Irvine have produced a stunning calendar to celebrate their visits to Antarctica and we have an exclusive look here.

Birds of Heard Island

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The bleak landscape of Heard Island, with its volcano, glaciers, and volcanic soils, is an isolated outpost which happens to be home for hundreds of thousands of birds — including several species of albatross, skua and petrels. Photographer Roger Kirkwood captured their many moods here.

Blue ice

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Doug Thost’s beautiful portfolio was the perfect introduction to our new section on Antarctica. Indulge yourself here.

Doug is a glaciologist with the Australian Antarctic Division, based at the University of Tasmania.

His current research interests include developing energy balance models for the Heard Island region, and applying the limited weather data available to reflect observed changes in the extent of Brown Glacier.

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