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South Africa’s sub-Antarctic weather station on Marion Island has joined with the station on Gough Island to help raise awareness of next year’s inaugural World Albatross Day on 19 June 2020 by displaying a banner. Both islands are inhabited by teams from South Africa’s National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) which include marine ornithologists who are studying […]

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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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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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text by the University of Venda   Azwinndini Justice Ramunasi was born on the 13th of June 1974 at Magwedzha clinic in Ha Dumasi, Limpopo. He was the second born of Mr Bernard Ramunasi and the late Mrs Reineth Ramunasi, who passed away in 4 December 2017. He lived at Ha Budeli since he was […]

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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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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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Collection of: Oliver Hansen Photos taken during SEAmester 2017 and Marion Island 2018 Take-Over Cruise Year: 2017 and 2018 Position: SEAmester 2017 – student; Marion Island 2018 Take-Over Cruise – BirdLife South Africa Volunteer Number of photos contributed: 239 View photos taken by Oliver: Click here Oliver also supplied photos taken by: (Click on the […]

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It is with very sad news that we share the passing of Graham Clarke, who was the Meteorologist on three Marion Island Teams in the 80’s (M39,M40,M41) and also the team leader of M41 for some time of that expedition. Graham left his Marion Island legacy behind, by contributing 213 photos to the Antarctic Legacy […]

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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 […]