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Still in Marambio

Posted by Dolores Deregibus (IAA), Argentina on 18 November 2010

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Week Three...We are still in Marambio waiting for the Twin to take us to Jubany. It is still not repaired, so we have to be patient.

Nobody can tell when we will be able to go to the Western Antarctic Peninsula... At least, these last days we have been exploring Marambio Island. The base is at the top of a table mountain and in order to get from the Base to the shore we had to walk and climb.


Geologically incredibly interesting, the floor is a thick layer of permafrost. There are all kinds of rocks, marine sediments and fossils everywhere.


Biological diversity is not easy to find near Marambio Base, but if you walk to the “Pinguinera” you can find seals, macroalgae and hundreds of invertebrates on the way which were drift to the shore. As it is breading season you can observe penguins with their eggs.


Luckily we have very nice weather, so that we can enjoy great views and spectacular sunsets from the outside.


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  • Still in Marambio, Dolores? If it makes you feel better, I was 3 months and a half there, just waiting a flight. You will not be able to break my record, no no :D.
    The best for your field work season in Jubany. Cheers, Gastón.

    Posted by Gastón Aguirre, 17/12/2010 11:00pm (11 years ago)

  • Dear Dolores y Oscar,
    I feel with you, being trapped on Marambio ist not the trip you booked... But anyway, it would be quite interesting to analyze those Laternula shells, would be a good comparison with Potter Cove. And large fossile bivalve shells (Cuculaea and Eurhomalea) would be exciting, too...
    Best, Tom

    Posted by Tom Brey, 29/11/2010 12:40pm (11 years ago)

  • well, I guess you guys found the right perspective from the which looking at this long waiting you have to go through...the pics are very nice and I can see Adelie penguins there, that's in Belgium the winter is starting and actually, I invey you, I would love to be there with you in Antartica and be able to explore the surroundings a guys, keep us updated and I whish you to be able to reach Jubany asap and start with your work soon!! all the best!! ciao!

    Posted by Pasotti Francesca, 25/11/2010 11:18am (11 years ago)

  • Hola Dolo y chicos! Que lindo blog with your fotos from the island in the middle of nowhere!

    Are there really live Laternula on that beach? It seems so altho they are clearly subtidal species. Saludos enormes de todos aqui, doris

    Posted by doris, 25/11/2010 10:38am (11 years ago)

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