ArchivePhoto GalleryS.A.Agulhas IITristan da Cunha

The Tristan da Cunha Archipelago consists of the main island of Tristan da Cunha, the smaller, uninhabited Nightingale and Inaccessible Islands and Gough Islands. Tristan was first discovered in 1506 by the Portuguese sailor Tristão da Cunha. However, Tristão was unable to land on Tristan because of accessibility difficulties and rough seas. Despite this, Tristão […]

ArchiveEnvironmentGough Island

The South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) manage a station on Gough Island as on  Marion Island  and Antarctica. By leasing the land on which the station was built from the United Kingdom government, the South African Weather Service has maintained a continuous presence on the island ever since.  Situated 2 600 km south-west of […]

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At 2160 km south of Cape Town, the Prince Edward  Islands are the southernmost part of South Africa. The Prince Edward Islands consist of Marion Island  and Prince Edward Island (46°36’S, 37°57’E). Prince Edward Island, 19 km to the north-east of Marion, has an area of about 45 km2 and its highest peak is 672 […]

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South Africa maintains a Station on Marion Island. This station is managed and administered by DEFF. Marion Island lies at 46°S, 37°E in the Southern Indian Ocean, 2160 km from East Pier, Cape Town Harbour.  The older of the two bases has been there since January 1948, erected  after South Africa annexed and occupied the […]

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The southern and Northern Lights always attract photographers. The featured image is a beautiful omega formation of the Aurora Phenomena across the sky taken by Morgan O”Kenney(SANAE47) in 2008. South Africa’s overwintering teams are able to experience this natural phenomenon during Wintertime at SANAE (South Africa National Antarctic Expedition) IV Station on Antarctica. The station […]

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The Antarctic Legacy Project began in 2008 with the end goal of creating a product that will be a “… comprehensive electronic source, and in some areas archive (including by necessity paper copy), of the material available for social science, law and humanities research within the South African National Antarctic Programme.”(From: Bringing South Africa’s Antarctic […]

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60 years ago South African National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE) 1 left from Cape Town on the 3rd of December 1959 to only arrive on the 8th of January 1960 at Antarctic Ice Shelf. An article about the departure of SANAE 59 has just been posted on the SANAP website. After reading this article, compare that […]

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Third Polar Data Forum

ALSA’s Principal Investigator/Archivist is currently in Helsinki, attending the Third Polar Data Forum. The theme of the conference is: Let polar data holders get together and make more use of data. Ria is presenting a talk today in the Data Management for Polar Social Science and Humanities Session on the importance of data management within […]

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The 2019 International Open Access Week (21-27 October 2019) theme is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”. The Antarctic Legacy of South Africa is pleased to say that our digital archive is open for all  to use. The ALSA archive focuses on preserving South Africa’s involvement in the Antarctic region, including Marion Island, Gough […]

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Derivation of the word metkassie A ‘metkassie’ is a nickname long given to meteorological technicians at South Africa’s southern weather stations, including at Marion Island. In pre-plastic days, and with the original need for man-handling cargo ashore across a boulder beach prior to the cliff top cranes at Gunner’s Point, supplies came ashore on Marion […]