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Public areas include a lounge and bar, a spa, a fitness center, a sauna, and a selection of dining options that offer regionally inspired cuisine using fresh, local ingredients. The ship carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac motorized landing craft, as well as hydrophones, HD cameras, and sophisticated video equipment that allows access to the underwater world. A full-time doctor, an undersea specialist, a photo instructor, a video chronicler, and a wellness specialist accompany every voyage; and Internet access and laundry service are available on board. One of the things that is part of the routine on Lindblad’s expeditions is a nightly re-cap of things discovered and observed during the day, and as yesterday was the first real day of our expedition to Antarctica and beyond, we also had our first recap.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of that was the in-depth discussion of the tracking of killer whales (orcas) led by cetacean expert Stephanie Martin. After another pleasant dinner and perhaps our last real sunset for the next couple of weeks (because we will be so far south during summer in the southern hemisphere), Krystyana retired early because of queasiness, and Linda, Bas, and I went to the observation lounge atop the Explorer for tea, a Grand Marnier (for me), and a game of Five Crowns (I won, for a change).
Sleep was a bit restless due to less consumption of brain numbing seasickness medication than the night before and therefore we had a greater perception of creakiness in our cabin as we chugged through the seas, but we understand that we will probably be too filled with adrenaline rushes from the scenery and wildlife in the coming days to sleep much, and when we do, it will be the sleep of exhaustion that creaking sounds will not easily penetrate. We woke around 8am to the announcement of the first “reasonable” iceberg sighting, that being the first iceberg spotted during a time when most passengers would be awake.
After breakfast we had our first whale sighting of the day – a small pod of southern bottlenose whales, according to Stephanie, our marine mammal expert.
The first presentation of the day was by Peter Carey, co-author of “The Antarctic Cruising Guide”, covering penguin species and penguin physiology.
Ultimately, we were told we should expect to see about a half dozen penguin species on our three week voyage. Our next lecture was by Jason Kelley entitled “Antarctic Geology & Plate Tectonics”, where Jason took us through planetary evolution and the science and history of plate tectonics. I took Bas up to the bridge after that so he could work on one of the science projects he is working on for this trip, namely gathering regular recordings of meteorological information, including barometric pressure, wind speed and direction (and we learned about the Beaufort Scale for wind speed in the process), GPS location, and air and water temperature.
During our time with the second officer, Yuri, on the bridge there was also a sighting of humpback whales at a distance. IAATO is a self-governing organization founded in 1991 by seven Antarctic tourist charter companies, and now has more than 90 members.
1991 – Antarctic Treaty Parties – put together the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty. In short, the rules all of us need to follow here in the Antarctic are intended to keep Antarctica as pristine as possible. With respect to the 15 foot rule, we were also told that as many of the animals are moulting and thus grouchy, we might want to stay a little further back from animals like fur seals or suffer potentially nasty bites.
In any event, we would also be stepping in a disinfecting bath before leaving the ship on Zodiacs, as well as when we return, to help remove anything harmful (and penguin poo, which is pretty foul too). And for those of us with occasionally weak bladders, we were reminded that there are no restrooms in the Antarctic, and if we had a need to leave a deposit – liquid or solid, we should snag a Zodiac back to the boat, do our thing, and then catch another ride back to land. One of the IAATO rules is also that a given vessel may have no more than 100 people on land at any one time. I have not recently posted anything for the blog, but I thought had gotten some great shots of birds and killer whales and my dad is trying very hard not use many of my photos, so I might as well show them.
My mom, Bas, and I were sitting in the lounge of the National Geographic Explorer and listening to a lecture about the different species of sea birds we would be seeing as we head to Antarctica (not including penguins), which was given by Tom Ritchie.
So, continuing…When the killer whales were submerged, it gave me enough time to get some shots of birds.
I managed to get photos of: Wandering albatross, Wilson’s storm petrel, Southern Giant-Petrel, Black browed albatross, and of course, the killer whales.
The lecture did not continue after the interruption and we were told that we new enough of the basic information. This morning, we saw Chinstrap penguins and Southern bottle-nosed whales (I did not actually see the whales). Other pictures can be seen on Flickr at a later date when we actually have a strong internet to upload them.
The waters in the Beagle Channel last night as we left Ushuaia were only mildly wavy, but as we entered the open ocean and passed the vicinity of Cape Horn, the southern most piece of land of South America, we encountered the much rougher waters of the Drake Passage. The peak of roughness was around 3am, when anything not firmly fixed in place in our stateroom ended up sliding to the floor and our curtains opened from the tossing about. The waters had calmed a bit by the time our wake-up call came in (that would be Bas, who was ready for breakfast).
It was interesting to see that even a couple of hundred miles out to see, we still had various birds trailing the ship, including giant petrels, wandering albatross, and others.
During an afternoon presentation by Tom Ritchie on the various types of flying birds we would find during three weeks of adventure, the Captain came across the announcement system to tell us there was a small pod – two adults and two juveniles – of killer whales, also known as orcas.
We were cold but elated by the sighting, and I know Krystyana got some excellent photos of both the orcas and the sea birds in the area.
If you look at the GPS track in the prior post you can see a flag marking where we saw the orca pod and if you zoom in you can see the circular route we took while following them.
After we resumed on course, we were treated to a presentation on the “Winds, Currents, and Productivity of the Southern Ocean” by Steve MacLean in the large central lounge of the National Geographic Explorer.
A few more photos from the day are here on Flickr.  A map of where those photos were taken can be found here.
Yesterday morning, Thursday, February 11, 2010, was really the start of our Antarctic expedition with Lindblad Expeditions aboard their vessel, the National Geographic Explorer.
Approximately 140 of us set forth from our hotel in Santiago, Chile to catch a LAN Chile charter plane to Ushuaia, Argentina. It was a nearly four hour flight, taking us past incredible views of the Andes mountain range for most of the flight. Regarding Ushuaia, it is the southern most town in South America, never mind Argentina, and located on an island in the Tierra del Fuego (Lands of Fire – based on early explorers seeing Indian-made fires and smoke on the cliffs) archipelago.
The town of Ushuaia has a whopping 70,000 inhabitants, many of whom are there to take advantage of extremely high salaries (triple the going rate elsewhere in Argentina) which the Argentinean government subsidizes (along with very favorable tax savings for large employers and manufacturers) to encourage settlement in this remote area. The region is incredibly mountainous, but at the same time surrounded by ocean, creating some incredible vistas, mostly forested with several different species of native beech trees. We learned that over the years the government has tried to introduce various species of animals to the area in order to generate both food and revenue sources.
Upon our arrival at the Ushuaia airport, we were whisked away in three buses to the Tierra del Fuego National Park. We encounter amazing views, saw the virtual boundary between Chile and Argentina, and even had our first aquatic wildlife sightings along the way, all accompanied by very brisk, cold air (relative to Santiago, anyhow). Our journey ended in the harbor of Ushuaia, where we came upon our home for the next three weeks – the National Geographic Explorer, owned and operated by Lindblad Expeditions. It should be mentioned that Lars-Eric Lindblad, the founder of Lindblad Expeditions, was the first person to run commercial tourism expeditions to the Antarctic region, around a half century ago (1964), and his son Sven-Olof has continued with such expedition efforts, ever improving the adventure while at the same time working to preserve the ecology of areas visited.
Lindblad Expeditions was also a founding member of IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators), whose purpose is to insure safe, responsible, environmentally sensitive tourism in the fragile ecosystem of Antarctica. Once settled aboard the National Geographic Explorer – we’re in a spacious stateroom at the stern end of the vessel, while the kids are in a regular stateroom located in the middle of the Explorer – we all participated in a mandatory safety drill in the unlikely event of an emergency onboard. We also all loaded up on seasickness medicine in anticipation of a potentially tumultuous ride through the roughest waters in the world – the Drake Passage.
After some more orientation and a pleasant dinner, we retired, enjoying the wonderful view from our balcony. I got a head start on the Newseum (day 2) yesterday morning, and by happy circumstance ended up meeting one of the technicians there who gave me an hour-long behind-the-scenes tour of the Newseum’s amazing electronic infrastructure.
After lunch at The Capital Grille next door and a few more exhibits at the Newseum the girls headed off for some shopping and Bas and I remained until closing time. Dinner was around the corner at Zaytinya, another of Jose Andres‘ excellent restaurants. Today was spent at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment as Krystyana’s current self-schooling interest is the field of crime scene investigation (CSI) and the museum has a pretty decent section on that topic as well as criminology in general.
We took time out for lunch in nearby Chinatown, at a Chinese restaurant a local friend had recommended – Full Kee. The highlight of the day, however, started in late afternoon when the real purpose of our trip to D.C.
The weekend is an event (for extra cost) set up to inform donors about the on-going activities of the National Geographic Society, and includes some additional and special events not available to the public at large. After an extensive question and answer session, we moved to a reception where we got to say hi to National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle.
Following the reception was a presentation on the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit which opened here at the National Geographic Society’s museum today.
The Terra Cotta Warriors are part of a three and half decade excavation near the city of Xi’an in the Shaanxi province of China. So naturally we were delighted when our evening ended with a private tour of the Terra Cotta Warrior exhibit for our group of about 50 people.


For us, if anything, the exhibit created an even greater yearning to visit Xi’an in person to see the huge excavations and the many thousands of warriors that have been painstakingly reassembled from a multitude of broken pieces. Along the way we’ve experienced marine iguanas grazing on algae underwater, a pod of over a hundred dolphins bow riding with the National Geographic Polaris (our home for the week), a baby Galapagos penguin being fed by its mother, snorkeled with white tip sharks, witnessed the mating rituals of blue footed boobies, and seen all sorts of other amazing acts and existence of nature.
But yesterday (Friday), our last day of exploration, was definitely beyond expectation as a ship-wide call went out on the public address system that a pod of orcas (killer whales) had been sited nearby and that anyone who wanted a closer look had to be in the reception area within 5 minutes.
We spent the next twenty minutes in a Zodiac chasing orcas as they fed on a seal and a green turtle.
We ended the day with an hour and half walk around part of Santiago island, learning more about fur seals (which are actually a species of sea lion), geology, lava tubes, and marine iguanas, ending the exploration with the best sunset of the week long trip. This morning (Saturday), we parted ways with Lindblad’s Polaris and all the great memories of the trip, the excellent service we received while on board, and the phenomenal depth of knowledge of all the naturalists whom we had the pleasure to go on expeditions with.
We are now in Lima, Peru, departing early in the morning for Cuzco, and then the Sacred Valley of the Incas for a couple of days before making our way to overnight at Machu Picchu. By Tim Fitzgerald and Matt Tinning American seafood lovers come from all along  the political spectrum.
Last week, a 60-meter Japanese fishing vessel following the Benguela Current northward along the southwest coast of Africa entered Angolan waters, where it remained for some five days before returning to international waters to meet side-by-side with a Japanese reefer vessel. It’s not everyday you get to see large-scale illegal fishing in progress.  But on April 14, that’s exactly what passengers aboard the National Geographic Explorer seem to have witnessed.
National Geographic VoicesResearchers, conservationists, and others around the world share stories and commentary on the National Geographic Society's conversation platform Voices. Society Field Inspection 2016: Gulf of CaliforniaDescribed by Jacques Cousteau as the "aquarium of the world," the Gulf of California in Mexico is threatened by coastal development, climate change, and other human activities. Support National GeographicWe've supported more than 11,000 grants to scientists and others in the field.Learn more about our work. Two years after being discovered deep in a South African cave, the 1,500 fossils excavated during the Rising Star Expedition have been identified as belonging to a previously unknown early human relative that National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Lee Berger and team have named Homo naledi. With at least 15 individuals of all ages and both sexes represented, the find adds an unprecedented amount of information to our understanding of early human evolution in Africa.
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After breakfast, we crossed the 60th parallel south, the geopolitcal demarcation of Antarctica. Our expedition leader also gave us pre-landing briefing that included biodiveristy security and rules that tourists should abide by to maintain Antartica’s pristine environment. We also went through decontamination of all our used gears that we were taking with us during landing – boots, outerwears, trekking poles, backpack, monopods, etc. By midday, we approached Deception Island, a volcanic island  in the South Shetland archipelago that is shaped like a donut with a small bite. The original plan was to make our first landing in Bailey’s Head, an area on the outisde of Deception Island that is a home to a large colony of Chinstrap penguins.
Once inside the caldera, we felt quite amazed to be in the only place in the world where a vessel can sail into the center of a volcano. There was no penguin colony in this area but there were some penguins ashore to welcome us on our first Antarctic landing. It was exhilarating and surreal to finally be on Antarctic land and to be stepping into our seventh and final continent. Upon landing, our group hiked to the top of Neptune Window, part of a crater rim that offers view of both inner and outer part of the island. When we reached the ridge of Neptune Window, one of the naturalists gave us the geological history of the island.
After our hike, we headed to Whaler’s Bay where we explored the relics of the only land-based whaling station in Antarctica,  operated between 1907 and 1931 by Norwegians and Chileans.
Industrial history in the island actually started in the early 1800’s, when it became the focal point of the fur sealing industry in the South Shetland archipelago. The structures and operations on the island were destroyed and abandoned after the volcanic eruption in 1969 and were never rebuilt. Time to head back to the ship after a rewarding and exhilarating first landfall. Some penguins were on the shore to see us off. We received a lot of questions about the expedition, especially from those planning to take this trip in the future,  and we try to answer them as we go through each post.
For head protection, we wore a combo balaclava that provides cover for the head, face and neck. We wore waterproof mittens and a thin gloves to  under the mittens (to keep hands warm when we took off mittens for photography). Most of our trip ashore required wet landing and, thus, it was important that our footwear were fully waterproof knee-high boots.
DSLR camera, a wide angle lens (24-105 mm) and a zoom lens (70-200 with 1.5X extender), a monopod, and a waterproof compact camera for both photos and videos. Note: If you live in a warm place and have no use for the cold gears after the expedition, you can rent instead of purchasing them. Linking to Weekend Travel Inspiration, The Weekly Postcard, Travel Photo Discovery, Travel Photo Thursday.
A state-of-the-art, ice-class expedition ship, the Explorer accommodates 148 guests in 81 spacious cabins and is outfitted with the latest tools for exploration. The Explorer's well-stocked library provides a quiet refuge, while the deck offers stunning observation spaces for viewing Antarctica's sculpted icebergs or Norway's steep-walled fjords. A remotely operated vehicle projects images from the ocean's depths to screens in the lounge. Our captain and officers welcome guests to the bridge in accordance with our "Open Bridge" policy.
Stephanie explained that while it has been assumed that all killer whales are all the same species, recent research is suggesting that perhaps there are three different sub-species of killer whales – the ones up in the northern waters (Canada, Norway, etc.), the ones here in the part of Antarctica we’re in, and another set in the area of the Ross Ice Shelf area of Antarctica. Just before 9pm we crossed 60 degrees south latitude, the geopolitical demarcation for the Antarctic. The real first iceberg of the trip was spotted at 5am, however, and the one announced to us was in fact the second one. These are apparently very rare, and, alas, they were too far away to get any decent pictures.
It turns out that nearly a billion years ago, the Antarctic land mass was in the position that Alaska is in now, and plate movements gradually have put it at the southern end of our globe, or at least as we measure south now.
One of the cool things about Lindblad Expedition’s ships is that they have a 24-hour a day “Open Bridge” policy, and in fact welcome visitors, and will explain the instruments, navigation, and whatever else one is interested in – or just hang out. I only saw fluke signs (or fluke prints) – the flat circular patch of water that whales leave behind as their flukes power them into the depths, but Krystyana got a picture of them. First with a presentation on proper sea kayak use by underwater specialist David Cothran, and then a mandatory briefing by our expedition leader Bud Lenhausen on what to do and not to do when in Zodiacs and when on land, as governed by the IAATO – International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (which I mentioned briefly in my post yesterday). It’s policies line up with the Protocol on Environmental Protection added to the Antarctic Treaty, also in 1991. Those rules include not throwing or dumping any litter or foreign matter overboard, preventing the introduction of non-native species including plants and animals, not bringing any food or smoking materials ashore, taking only photos, leaving with only memories, not rearranging flora or fauna or rocks to make a better picture, not harassing the wildlife (keep at least 15 feet away, but if it approaches you in a non-threatening manner, that’s okay), etc. Also, giant petrels can projectile vomit more than 15 feet, and it’s really foul stuff, so keeping our distance from those would be strongly advised.
As there are about 140 of us, that means we will have a bit of a rotation, with time spent cruising the coast in Zodiacs and swapping in and out with others on land. This for the showing of some great photos but also for birds we actually saw, identified and got photos of on our first full day on the boat. We got as far as the Cormorant, after hearing about the Petrels and the Albatross along with photos, when we heard the announcement over the speakers…”We have just spotted killer whales off the starboard bow” I immediately grabbed my bag and took my camera out. My mom had offered to get my parka and gloves so I could keep on shooting and so she had left to get it. I did get some photos of the penguins as they were porpoising, or basically jumping in out of the water while heading towards wherever they are going and they were sort of zigzagging.
However, in terms of how rough the crossing can be, it wasn’t that bad, with swells estimated at only as high as 10 to 12 feet (3-4 meters).
Tom’s presentation, with an apology by the Captain, was cut a bit short and everyone rushed to get their cameras and parkas and head to the bow of the boat.
Steve explained weather systems, the Coriolis effect on currents, and climate and season issues affecting weather and ice in the Antarctic.
I should add that all of our worries about the 17.6 pound carry-on limit appeared to be completely unfounded, resulting in needless stress and grey hair for me. Buenos Aires and Santiago are both about four hours away by plane, and driving to Buenos Aires is a four or five day effort across roads that aren’t always that great. Apparently Canadian beavers were introduced in the hopes of creating a thriving beaver fur industry, but not enough research was done on how beaver fur gets lush. After a scenic, guided ride through the park where the history of Ushuaia and the ecology of the area was explained, we got off for a short walk to board a couple of large motor powered catamarans for lunch and a cruise on the Beagle Channel, named after the Beagle – the ship in which Charles Darwin first visited these waters. We all met up at the National Portrait Gallery again, where we explored the Luce Foundation Center’s art archives.


If you’re a crime buff or have a morbid interest in what sort of punishment was doled out for various crimes over the last millennium, this museum is for you. It offered a very diverse menu selection, including a number of Chinese dishes we had never seen stateside before (e.g. Paul Sereno about his recent discovery of three new species of crocodiles from the Cretaceous era at a couple of sites in the African Sahara, plus additional fossils from two more species. We were told that advance ticket sales to the exhibit as of early morning today were close to 106,000 – completely exceeding expectations, but a real delight to anyone supporting the noble goals of the National Geographic Society. They were created in clay by command of the First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, to protect him in death, over 2,000 years ago, and only rediscovered in 1974 by local farmers. We were guided by a pair of doctoral candidates from George Washington University specializing in Chinese history. And perhaps the most amazing thing was how close we could get to the wildlife – the birds, sea lions, lizards, and iguanas cared not a whit that we were nearby.
I roused Linda and Krystyana from a mid-afternoon nap and we all made it down to the Zodiac launching point at Reception just in time. We took with us the nearly 4,000 pictures we shot during the past week (sorted down to about 1,000 that we think are pretty good but still need to tag and label). Similarly, the elected officials who have championed policies that advance sustainable seafood have been both Republican and Democrat.
This passenger ship was two-thirds of the way through a voyage up the coast of West Africa, and guests were enjoying a day at sea. Posters and commenters are required to observe National Geographic's community rules and other terms of service. To learn firsthand what's going on in and around this marine treasure of global importance, the National Geographic Society sent its top scientists and officials to the region in January 2016. We finally arrived and were happy to see some land ahead!  We were looking forward to make our first landfall later in the afternoon. This process is important to prevent transporting foreign species into Antarctic lands and water.
That bite serves as a narrow passage into a flooded caldera that forms a bay. The island was called such because early seafarers just sailed pass the passage, called Nepture Bellow, not knowing that there was a bay within. However, it was determined that the waves in the area were rough and was not safe for Zodiac landing. Our activities and schedules were flexible to take advantage of what nature offered best at a given time.
We were thrilled to see the fleet of inflatable boats, the Zodiacs, being lowered into the water one by one. Our captain par excellence, Leif Skog, has been navigating vessels in Antarctica since 1979 and was the architect of the emergency contingency plan for all vessels navigating in Antarctica. It is also important that the boots have good traction for hiking on ice and tough terrain. One of the things she’s doing to help further research into this area is using a crossbow with a 140-pound pull, along with very special quarrels (arrows for crossbows) which allow her to get tissue samples from killer whales at a distance far enough for the killer whales to not be scared off by the zodiacs, but close enough to be able to reach with the crossbow.
It wasn’t a huge iceberg, but large enough to stick out of the ocean a bit, as well has have a carved out section to reflect a gorgeous turquoise color to those few privileged enough to see it (like us!). However we did happen to pass, at about the same time, a flock of chinstrap penguins as they were roaming the open ocean for food. Magnetic poles have switched every 500,000 years or so, so calling something south or north appears to be a bit ephemeral in the grand long-term view of things. In the case of the Explorer, the bridge is also where lots of people hang out trying to spot critters or icebergs (warmer than being outside to do that for hours on end).
By the time she came back with the warm clothing, my hands were stiff and cold, but I sure did appreciate the parka and gloves when they came. We were very happy to have loaded on up seasickness medicine however, and even so, staying in any vertical position for long (sitting up or standing) resulted in near instant queasiness. We spent about a half hour circling the area following the orca pod and attempting to get lots of pictures.
Since the flight was a charter flight the carry-on weight limit was ignored, but a few bags were checked for size. Ushuaia is also one of the key embarkation points for cruises to the Antarctic, which is why we were heading there – to meet up with our ship.
Rabbits have thrived, while reindeers were eaten by the humans to the point of eradication. It turns out that beaver fur grows best in climates where it gets very cold in the winter and temperate in the summer. We were joined there by old Richter family friends and virtual cousins Nell and Lauren Dennis. It should also be noted that our home island of Bonaire recently honored Sylvia Earle with a lifetime achievement award when she was there this past summer for the Bonaire Dive Into Summer Festival. The terra cotta statues include archers, chariot drivers, soldiers, performers, armor, horses, and a variety of animal forms as well.
Alas, we were not permitted to take any photos, so there are none to share in this blog entry.
And thanks to the scraps their feeding left behind we had the added bonus of a huge flock of frigate birds chasing the pod to help tell us where the orcas were at any time. Yes, the ocean is still in serious trouble due to overfishing, pollution, climate change, and habitat destruction, but there are more and more success stories to point to, and point I shall.
But this week, a special task force of a dozen federal agencies released recommendations on how the U.S. President Obama has emerged as one such champion through his administration’s work to end overfishing and transform American fisheries management. They toured the desert islands off the southeastern coast of the Baja Peninsula and they listened to presentations by more than a dozen experts, including several whose Baja California research is funded by the Society.
Instead, we slipped through the Neptune Bellow into the caldera which offers protection from any swell. We learned that it has the longest history of human occupation than any site in Antarctica.
It was here where the British aviators took off with a single engine Lockheed in 1928, the first plane to have flown in Antarctica. The following day brought us brighter skies, tons of nesting penguins and beautiful ice patterns. These samples are then sent on (with all the appropriate permits) to a research facility in the U.S. The latter information was provided in a survival handbook for the Australian Antarctic Research Mission, which Peter had worked for a while back. That feature of planetary magnetism also interrelates with the ability to date areas near the edges of the tectonic plates to determine movement rates, among other things. I heard yells and saw pointing fingers in the direction of the killer whales, and so, I immediately started snapping photos of the killer whales with my camera, zoomed in as far as it could go.
The killer whales were not really cooperating when my parka arrived and they kept appearing for pictures, so I kept on taking photos while my brother helped me put on my parka. Fortunately, it was still night time, and being horizontal was a natural inclination for us (pardon the pun).
Bas, Linda, and I all went back to our cabins afterward to sleep until lunchtime – that felt wonderful and we were all doing pretty well after our nap and a nice lunch. But in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago it does not get cold enough to encourage heavy pelt growth, so the beaver pelts they harvested here were of mediocre quality at best, and not particularly sellable. The family joined me after my serendipitous back stage tour, and I took the opportunity to ham it up in a fake newscast (see photo below). I will note that I could not convince the rest of the family to try the more exotic dishes. And we have wanted to see the Terra Cotta Warriors ever since we had first read about them in National Geographic Magazine decades ago. That small disappointment aside, we’re pretty certain that all those people with advance tickets, as well as the thousands of others planning to attend will enjoy the exhibition, which contains the largest number of Terra Cotta Warriors to be seen anywhere outside of China.
Jason also explained various aspect of plate subduction (one plate moving below another), earthquakes, and volcanoes, as these are all related as well. I can’t fully imagine what it will be like when we start doing landings on the Antarctic peninsula in the next couple of days. However, by the time they discovered this, the beavers had gotten firmly entrenched and now are responsible for destruction of countless beech trees which cannot survive in the flooded plains the beaver dams create. It also includes a variety of supporting artifacts, models, and explanations to help attendees get a better grasp of life during the Qin dynasty more than 2,000 years ago. Along with each sample is information on the individual whale the sample came from, generally provided via photographs.
In particular, detailed photos of the dorsal fin can normally be used to distinguish individual killer whales from one another – much like a fingerprint..



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