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Antarctica's Summer Solstice. A Natural Phenomenon of the Earth's Maximum Tilt.

If you’ve ever explored the wonderful world of science and atmospheric phenomenon you know about the winter solstice (midwinter, yule, the longest night, jó) which is also Antarctica’s summer solstice. The winter solstice is meant to astronomically mark the beginning of longer days and shorter nights and has long provided excellent opportunity for cultures to [...]

2019 Antarctic Merchandise

Posted  12/11/19 in General Interest, Camp Services

Check out our new assortment of Antarctic merchandise for the 2019 season! These one of a kind keepsakes are exclusively sold at ALE’s Union Glacier Camp, so if you’re lucky enough to receive one, you’ll know it came all the way from the white continent. Purchases can be made using US cash and prices range [...]

The World's Southermost Marathon

Posted  12/3/19 in General Interest

If you thought about running an Antarctic Ice Marathon you’re not the only one. The popular, once-in-a-lifetime race is sold out for the season and no doubt those who have secured their spot are brimming with excitement. The southernmost marathon takes place at 80° south, just a few hundred miles from the South Pole in [...]

Ronne Ice Shelf Named For Explorer Edith “Jackie” Ronne

Posted  12/2/19 in Polar Explorers, Antarctic History

Jackie Ronne was the first American woman to set foot on Antarctica. She and Jennie Darlington were the first women to overwinter in Antarctica, as members of the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition. EARLY LIFE Edith Ronne was born into a conservative family, but always felt she would do something a little bit different. She got [...]

2019 Expedition Kick Off

The start of the 2019 Antarctic season takes off with a lot of excitement as each traveler begins their long anticipated expedition. Eight solo expeditions start off the Antarctic summer, carrying on the grand tradition of solo exploration. Some are returning from previous seasons, while others will take this journey for the first time. Each [...]

ALE PRESS RELEASE: FINAL 5 FOR ANTARCTIC SABBATICAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE This Talented Team Will Bring Invaluable Skills, Perspective and Enthusiasm to Participate in Research about Micro Plastics and Ongoing Polar Protection Salt Lake City, Utah November 2019 – An expert panel reviewed tens of thousands of applications who submitted to be part of the Airbnb Antarctic Sabbatical, in partnership with the Ocean [...]

Yelcho - The Little Boat That Could

Posted  10/30/19 in Antarctic History

Yelcho was a steam-powered cutter, originally used as a tug before entering Chilean Navy service. It is famous for rescuing the crew of Endurance in 1916, under the command of Luis Pardo Villalón.

ALE PRESS RELEASE: ANTARCTIC SABBATICAL

Airbnb announced they are funding a research sabbatical in the heart of Antarctica. Led by Antarctic scientist and passionate biogeochemist Kirstie Jones–Williams, five people will join an expedition to explore the impact of humans on Earth’s remotest regions. These five participants will be carefully chosen by Airbnb’s expert team and trained in Chile for an [...]

Non-native Species: A Threat to Antarctica

The introduction of non-native species is a priority conservation concern among Antarctic Treaty countries, and one we share at ALE. Non-native species are one of several major threats to biodiversity – globally and in the Antarctic. They have already profoundly transformed the biodiversity of many sub-Antarctic islands and are increasing on the Antarctic continent itself. [...]

Roger Easton & the Advent of GPS

These days it’s hard to imagine navigating around Antarctica – or indeed anywhere in the world – without Global Positioning System (GPS), but it wasn’t that long ago that Antarctic expeditions relied on the sun to navigate. The passing of Roger Easton (April 30, 1921 – May 8, 2014), the developer of GPS, got us [...]

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