February 16: Departure From Palmer Station

Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Left: Our ride home, the Lindblad Explorer, was a bit more posh than the Hero. Getting a ride involved some radio phone calls back to Lamont plus a bit of you-scratch-our-backs-we-scratch yours attitude between the cruise ships and the bases.

Below: As we headed out, the sun dipped below a wide cloud deck and lit up Anvers Island with pink.

Anvers Island at dusk. The high peak is about 100 kilometers north of Palmer Station and 3000 meters high.
Back so soon? One of the tourists left some expensive camera gear at the station and we had to go back and get it.
The long Antarctic summer twilight allowed us good views of the Neumeyer Channel.
An Argentine cruise ship, headed south
The colors don't show up very well, but this cliff has a huge green stain from copper. Sooner or later, somebody is going to want to mine in the Antarctic.

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