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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 […]

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Coffee lovers will know there’s coffee and then there’s coffee. In many of the newlsetters, written by Gough Island, SANAE and Marion Island overwintering team members, the mentioning of coffee occur. Coffee brings team members together, whether it’s breakfast time, tea time or late night shifts. During the packing process, before the departure of Gough […]

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At its most recent meeting held in Brazil this May the international Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) agreed to initiate a World Albatross Day to aid in giving greater visibility to the conservation crisis that continues to face albatrosses and petrels.  The inaugural World Albatross Day is set to be celebrated […]

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Polar Week

2019 Heritage Month/Polar Week (23-29 September) APECS South Africa and ALSA presents 2020 calendars and a series of postcards, designed by APECS SA with the winning photos of the APECS SA Photo Competition launched during the March Polar Week. Photos were entered into the following categories: data, fieldwork, landscape and wildlife – within the Antarctic […]

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Past and present members of the South African National Antarctic Programme community will be saddened to learn of the passing of Niek Gremmen on 11 August at the age of 71. Nicolaas Johannes Marie (Niek) Gremmen was born in Schijndel in the Netherlands (13 July 1948), making his home in Diever in that country (where […]

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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 […]