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Marion Island, Poetry

Marion Island Hut Poetry |Katedraal Katedraal is a field hut on the sub-Antarctic Marion Island. Read below how a team member (Kim Stevens, Birder) of M73 (previous also on M70) describes the walk from the Marion Island base to Katedraal Hut (read the full article here). Even though the walk seems straight forward, field assistant […]

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SIC2018, Stellenbosch University

We enjoyed our SIC2018 journey with 1st year BSc students at Stellenbosch University (SU). This year’s 1st Year BSc students completed a new compulsory module (Science in Context – SIC) where they had to choose a topic that will be researched, written up and presented. ALSA had the opportunity to propose 7 Antarctic (including sub-Antarctic […]

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19th Marion Island Overwintering Team

The Antarctic Legacy of South Africa’s online archive success depends on the material provided to us by previous overwintering members, take-over personnel, ship personnel, scientists – every single person that boarded some ship going down south into the Antarctic waters. Today I would like to thank Yvonne Verster, daughter of Jan Nagel who was a […]

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He overwintered on Marion Island (2015-2016) as part of Marion72, to collect data for his Master’s degree in Geomorphology. He is once again appointed as a Marion Island field assistant, part of Marion75 (2018-2019), watch this video to see what Abu is doing on Marion Island. Also, read the first newsletter of M75 and meet […]

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The 75th Marion Island Overwintering team has been alone on the island for 1 month. Listen to this interview with Mr Mathibela Selepe (Department of Environmental Affairs, Chief Communications Officer), sharing more info regarding the role of the team’s Communications Engineer, Bukelwa Mavis Lekhesa. See here for a list of team members on the 75th […]

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Marion Island, Invasive Speices, Aliens, SANAP Project

The Marion Island 2018 take-over expedition was successful for terrestrial scientists…I interviewed some scientists before the expedition. Let’s hear more about the “Invasions in the changing sub-Antarctic” project, Principal Investigator: Dr Michelle Greve, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Pretoria.   Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, Department of Botany and Zoology, […]

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S.A.Agulhas II, Marion Island, Return Voyage

The Marion Island take-over expedition’s return voyage was shortened due to one of the ship’s crew falling ill during this time. All science was cancelled for the return voyage, which involves oceanographic sampling. Here is the programme for today, 07 May 2017. Programme for Marion RETURN VOYAGE 2018-1 Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, […]

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Marion Island, Meteorology, Weather, Sub-Antarctic

Promoting South Africa’s involvement in the sub-Antarctic (Marion Island) Why is meteorological data collected on Marion Island? Anché Louw (ALSA) interviewed Mr. Rian Smit (Senior Forecaster at the South African Weather Service) before he got onto the S.A. Agulhas II, which departed to Marion Island on the 7th of April 2018. He will be training […]

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Overwintering, Team, Marion Island

Photo: The 75th Marion Island Overwintering Team (Photo Credit: Ben van der Walt) Take-over voyage (06 April – 12 May 2018) On board the vessel is the 75th Marion Island Overwintering team, take-over personnel, researchers, maintenance crew and ship crew. The 75th Marion Island Overwintering Team: Name and Surname Job Title Job title as referred […]

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It is almost April, the month in which South African scientists and also visiting international scientists, involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) travel onboard the S.A. Agulhas II to the sub-Antarctic Marion Island for the take-over period. During the takeover period the new overwintering team takes over the duties of the current/ […]