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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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International Archives day is celebrated on 9 June 2019: Designing the Archives in the 21st Century We would like to think that Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA) is putting people at the centre of our archive. ALSA is based on an on-going digital based archive at the Stellenbosch University. The ALSA archive aims to […]

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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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Patrick Morant, a friend and benefactor of the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa project, died on 30 March at the age of 73.  Pat was recovering in hospital from a serious infection when he had a fall resulting in a brain hemorrhage and an ensuing coma, from which he never recovered.   Patrick, a retired […]

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If your work is something that you look forward to, you are a very lucky human being. We have to attend conferences to tell other countries about South Africa’s Legacy in the Antarctic and to learn what other countries within the SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) community are doing. It is a huge honour […]

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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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ALSA’s Principal Investigator, Ria Olivier, and co-investigator, Anché Louw, both now members of the South Africa National Committee for the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), under Social Sciences and Humanities Standing Committee of SCAR. Please refer to this article for more information on the South African National Committee for SCAR. More on ALSA’s representation at […]