@JohnKerry Traveling Party Watches Adélie Penguin Mind Its Own Business in Antarctica

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The Adélie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) is a species of penguin common along the entire Antarctic coast, their only residence. They are named after Adélie Land, in turn named for Adèle Dumont D’Urville, the wife of French explorer Jules Dumont d’Urville who discovered these penguins in 1840. via

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his traveling party look at an Adélie penguin after it approached them in Antarctica on November 11, 2016, as the Secretary conducted a helicopter tour of U.S. research facilities around Ross Island and the Ross Sea, and visited the McMurdo Station in an effort to learn about the effects of climate change on the Continent. [State Department Photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his traveling party look at an Adélie penguin after it approached them in Antarctica on November 11, 2016, as the Secretary conducted a helicopter tour of U.S. research facilities around Ross Island and the Ross Sea, and visited the McMurdo Station in an effort to learn about the effects of climate change on the Continent. [State Department Photo/ Public Domain]

An Adélie penguin waddles toward U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his traveling party in Antarctica on November 11, 2016, as the Secretary conducted a helicopter tour of U.S. research facilities around Ross Island and the Ross Sea, and visited the McMurdo Station in an effort to learn about the effects of climate change on the Continent. [State Department Photo/ Public Domain]

An Adélie penguin waddles toward U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his traveling party in Antarctica on November 11, 2016, as the Secretary conducted a helicopter tour of U.S. research facilities around Ross Island and the Ross Sea, and visited the McMurdo Station in an effort to learn about the effects of climate change on the Continent. [State Department Photo/ Public Domain]

 

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Photo of the Day: Ambassador Mark Gilbert pitching a ball at the South Pole

Posted: 3:24 am EST
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Via US Embassy New Zealand/FB:

US Ambassador to New Zealand Mark Gilbert pitching a ball at the South Pole during a visit at the NSF’s McMurdo Station with Political Counselor Lian Von Wantoch.  According to the National Science Foundation, Americans have been studying the Antarctic and its interactions with the rest of the planet without interruption since 1956. These investigators and supporting personnel make up the U.S. Antarctic Program. The three U.S. year-round research stations are located on Ross Island (McMurdo Station), at the geographic South Pole (Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station), and on Anvers Island in the Antarctic Peninsula region (Palmer Station). Learn more about the Antarctic Program here: Division of Polar Programs – National Science Foundation

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Photo of the Day: Another Year, Another Research Season In Brrrrr-Freeze Antarctica

Via US Embassy NZ

“Each September since 1955 the United States has loaded our planes with scientists, support personnel, cargo, and Kiwi friends and flown south from Christchurch to restart, restaff, and restock full operations at the permanent stations on the Ice after being manned through the long, unforgiving Antarctic winter by skeleton crews. The austral summer research season is a massive, complex enterprise which just in the past ten years has involved flying more than 600 American missions to transport more than 45,000 passengers and about 50 million pounds of equipment and supplies.”

— Ambassador David Huebner

Read more here.  Slideshow includes shots of Mt. Erebus, the second highest volcano in Antarctica and the southernmost active volcano on earth. It last erupted in 2011.  Click here to see the Mt. Erebus Volcano Observatory (MEVO) online.

 

Photos via US Embassy New Zealand/Flickr

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Photos by USAF Major Jason De Kruyf via US Embassy New Zealand/Flickr
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US Mission New Zealand: Ambassador Huebner Visits Antarctica

Ambassador Huebner traveled to Antarctica to kick off U.S. Mission New Zealand’s focused on science diplomacy and deepen the longstanding U.S.-New Zealand relationship in Antarctica. Gorgeous photos but brrrrr….. all photos via US Embassy New Zealand/Flickr:

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Read Ambassador Huebner’s blog post here.

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