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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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A solstice can be defined in a number of ways but few really explain the mechanics of the phenomenon. Firstly, a solstice can be said to be either of the times each year when the sun is furthest from the equator. It is also the time when the sun is vertically above the Tropic of […]

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Memories from the past available through preservation – and we are once again reminded of this by the passing of SANAE 2 team member. ALSA receives many emails from previous team members of SANAE, Marion and Gough. These are mostly of members wanting to come in contact with past team members. The worldwide web and […]

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World Heritage Day, South Africa, Marion Island, Antarctica, Maps

World Heritage is the shared wealth of humankind. Protecting and preserving this valuable asset demands the collective efforts of the international community. This special day offers an opportunity to raise the public’s awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as draw attention […]

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The Publication “Die Wit Horison” was written in Afrikaans by Dr André le Roux van der Merwe, Medical Doctor of SANAE 1 – South Africa’s first Antarctic expedition of 1959-1961.  Until now, this has meant that the book has only been accessible to Afrikaans readers and not to wider national and international audiences. The text […]