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Dr Mariëtte Wheeler, who has overwintered twice on Marion Island as an ornithological field assistant, organised an Earth Day 2022 event at Protea Heights Academy (PHA), where she currently teaches Life and Marine Sciences. The event was focused on creating Ocean Awareness among the learners and teachers. ALSA was invited to attend and exhibit at […]

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Personnel at SANAE IV (South African National Antarctic Expedition Station), on Marion Island, and on Gough Island wish everyone a happy festive season. Previous team members, friends and family of current team members, and the other Antarctic and sub-Antarctic stations also wish the South African teams a Merry Christmas.   See below some messages written […]

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To all overwintering teams, take-over personnel currently at or on the way to the Antarctic station (SANAE IV), all crew, research and support personnel onboard the S.A. Agulhas II, and to all our international colleagues… May you have a happy festive season, even though far away from home!   You are invited to click on […]

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World Environment Day 2020

In Celebration of World Environment Day 2020 – 5 June 2020   The theme of this year’s World Environment Day on 5 June 2020 is Celebrate Biodiversity. We will be celebrating the scientific work done on the variety of plant and animal species, marine and terrestrial, within the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic region over the past […]

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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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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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Correspondence from a member of the 3rd Biological expedition to Marion Island (29th Marion Overwintering Team, 1972 to 1973) with Johan Grobbelaar, Valdon Smith and Anthony de Villiers. Dane Gerneke a member to this expedition made contact with us. Via the worldwide web, Dropbox and zip files, we were able to get his images. These […]

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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 […]