The Antarctic is changing very fast. So it seems to me a good time for stunning photographs of this beautiful and distant part of our world. Someday the photographs may be all we have.
From In Focus by Alan Taylor
It is late winter in Antarctica now, and the months of darkness will soon be brightening. Research teams from around the world are preparing to head south soon, taking advantage of the (relatively) warm season to come. Gathered below are images of the Antarctic landscape and research facilities, and some of the scientific work taking place there. ( Be sure to click on them to see the full size images.)
The aurora australis provides a dramatic backdrop to a Scott tent at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station on July 14, 2009 – Patrick Cullis / National Science Foundation.
An iceberg near Palmer Station as viewed in the dim twilight of the few hours of sunlight on April 20, 2010 – Robin Solfisburg / National Science Foundation.
A whale fossil is seen near Brazil’s Commandante Ferraz Antarctic Station, located in Admiralty Bay, King George Island, Antarctica, on November 25, 2008 – Paulo Whitaker / Reuters.
The Peltier Channel separates Doumer and Wiencke Islands in the Palmer Archipelago. It was named for Jean Peltier, a noted French physicist. Photographed on May 17, 2012 by
Janice O’Reilly / National Science Foundation.
It is worth seeing all the images on the In Focus site.