Antarctica: Discovering the White Continent
“If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart. Art and it would be Michelangelo. Literature and it would be Shakespeare. And yet it is something even greater; the only place on earth that is still as it should be. May we never tame it,“
– Andrew Denton.
This week we get you an exclusive look at the White Continent of Antarctica in Moving Images. Filmed by filmmakers Will Lascelles and Olya Dendyaeva and in collaboration with travel-experience curator Q Experiences (footage Courtesy), this segment of Moving Images brings you up close to the wonders of the 7th Continent
Antarctica, an inaccessible continent, that is covered 98% by ice, is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent. But an expedition to the deep South Pole offers an experience of a lifetime.
Antarctica is noted as the last region on Earth in recorded history to be discovered. The continent has no indigenous population, and there is no evidence that it was seen by humans until the 19th century.
With sheets of icebergs floating in these vast tundras, Antarctica is home to about 70 per cent of the planet’s freshwater, and 90 per cent of the planet’s freshwater ice.
Most expeditions start from Argentina, South Africa or New Zealand. The existence of Antarctica was completely unknown until the continent was first spotted in 1820.
The expedition from Argentina covers 10 nights and 11 days with the months from December to January being the best times to go on a trip. This is when Antarctica experiences its summers.
During the summer months, when the sun is constantly above the horizon, more sunlight reaches the surface at the South Pole than over a similar period of time at the equator.
You can sight the whales during migration, and bird such as Kelp gull, South Polar Skua, Antarctic Tern, and Gentoo Penguins in their natural habitats. The endemic fauna of the region makes this an otherworldly experience.
The Weddell Seals are the lords of the territories at the quietest place on earth, the Wedell Sea.
Stay tuned to catch this segment on Antarctica!
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