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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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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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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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Stellenbosch University, Science in Contect, Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science at Stellenbosch University added a new compulsory module, ‘Science in Context’ to be completed by all first year BSc students. The purpose of the module is to expose students to the benefits of integrating knowledge from different disciplines, when approaching scientific topics (also see video below). This will enforce students to […]

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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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Video from Marion Island: Watch this video to see what the Oceanographers currently on-board the S.A. Agulhas II will be doing during this Marion Island 2018 Take-Over Voyage.   Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, 23 April 2018.

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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/ […]

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Today we would like to applaud the female scientists within the South African National Antarctic Programme. May you act as mentors and leaders for years to come!   Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, 08 March 2018.