To Cape Adare

We heard that in New Jersey it’s been snowy and very cold. So be proud! You’re in a place that’s colder than Antarctica right now.

After four days of work in the waters of the central Ross Sea, the Palmer headed northwest toward the opening of the Southern Ocean. The northernmost end is called Cape Adare. It’s famous for its howling winds, but as we neared it the weather just got calmer and calmer. I’m wondering if our luck will hold or if we should start getting the seasick medication out.

We saw plenty of penguins in the water. Cape Adare has the largest breeding colony of Adélie penguins in the world—more than half a million birds—and right now the parents have some very large and very hungry chicks to feed. Read on through the slideshow for more about what we saw today:

Find more highlights from Captain Ross’s voyage of discovery in the Ross Sea on the Google map.

Did you figure out where the MCDW was on the graph we posted on Saturday’s post? The part of the graph with both low oxygen and high temperature ranged from about 220 meters to 250 meters depth. Congratulations to everyone who got it right!

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About Hugh Powell

Hugh is a staff writer at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and is on special assignment with the Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. He has previously written for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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