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Morning photo: End of the Earth

Land of ice

An ice arch in the Weddell Sea near the Antarctic Peninsula, where global warming has hit fast and hard. Some ice shelves on the west side of the peninsula have already collapsed, while several penguin species are scrambling for habitat. Click on the image to learn more about global warming in the Antarctic Peninsula.

SUMMIT COUNTY — Last year, Leigh and I had the good fortune of traveling to Antarctica for a first-hand encounter with fuzzy penguins and the very real impacts of global warming. Since the Antarctic research season is just getting started, I wanted to post a few pictures and links. One of the best places to keep up with the latest research is the Antarctic Sun, the daily paper published by the U.S. Antarctic Program. Most of the pictures in this photoblog also lead to portals for information about some of the environmental issues facing the frozen continent.

A gentoo penguin appears to take a close look at a rock at Brown Bluff, on the Antarctic mainland. Click on the image to earn more about how penguins are affected by global warming.

There really aren't words to describe the dawn light in the Antarctic Sound.

As the penguins go, so go the leopard seals, who depend on penguins for food. Click on the image to learn more about human impacts in Antarctica. PHOTO BY LEIGH WADDEN.

A chinstrap penguin seems content on his icy island.

Penguin feathers at a rookery on Deception Island. PHOTO BY LEIGH WADDEN.

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