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emperor penguin chicks in antarctica’s snow hill island, where temperatures drop to seventy bellow and winds exceed 100 miles an hour, seek the protection of their parents from the elements.

the penguins are so unused to humans that they react with simple curiosity when scientists or photographers approach them.

notes david schultz, ”often i’d be sitting a distance away from the rookery and a brave chick of the crèche [seen in the fifth photo] would start to venture my way, followed shortly afterwards by the rest of the gang.”

photos by (click pic) paul souders, stefan meyersanneliese and claus possbergjohn downer, david c schultz and robert harding

In Antarctica icebergs aren’t always monotone white, surprisingly they can appear striped too, making for a pretty view. Different colours can indicate different conditions including where the iceberg has been. Blue stripes indicate a layer of melt water was present that very quickly refroze not allowing any bubbles to form. Brown, black and yellow stripes can show that the iceberg has picked up various types of sediments during formation, which can take hundreds of thousands of years. A green stripe can form after the iceberg has broken off and come in contact with algae rich seawater.

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Photo taken by Oyvind Tangen several 100km north of Antarctica

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Antarctica has been endlessly photographed, partly because it’s one of the last true wildernesses on earth, and also because it’s currently in a state of monumental change.

Gray Malin wanted to depict these shifts in a clever way, so in his landscape photos of the breathtaking scenery, he added details like beach balls and inner tubes to signal what could happen to the continent.

Subtle Details in Photos of Antarctica Warn of Global Warming

via Ignant