Art exhibition on Antarctic island

This video is called Cruising the Frozen Seas 2006. It says about itself: ‘Scenes from the Nathaniel B. Palmer, [US] research vessel/ice-breaker, during an oceanographic cruise in June-August 2006. The ship sailed out of Punta Arenas, Chile and headed south thru the Drake Passage. Most of the scientific investigations took place in the southern Drake just north of the Antarctic Peninsula. During the cruise we visited the US base at Palmer Station, the Korean Base at King Sejong Station on King George Island, and an Antarctic historical site at Port Lockroy. The penguins filmed are Gentoo, the big-mouthed seal is a Leopard, the other rather large seals are Elephants, the white bird walking is a Sheathbill, there are various Petrels, a couple of Cormorants, perhaps a Skua or two.’

From 70South Antarctic News:

Art exhibition in Artigas Base

by Juan Ways — last modified 2007-10-19 13:47

“The ice and the cold are good for artistic inspiration.”

“Through art, stress can be managed in a productive manner and this exhibition is a way to increase morale and improve self-esteem. This is an opportunity to express creativity in a hostile environment, which imposes long permanence inside the houses”. That is the thinking of a group of Antarctic expeditionaries who were facing a hard winter in the ice and felt the need to express themselves.

The Uruguayan crew of the Artigas base had organized an art exhibition to show fellows from other bases on King George Island a set of pictures, handcrafts and paints prepared during the 2007 antarctic winter.

The presentation was focused on honoring the pioneers who contributed to the Uruguayan presence in Antarctica, highlighting environmental protection and the recycling process.

All the decoration and artworks are based on recycled materials such as cans, carton and plastics.

The exhibit was presented in a restored building dating from the beginning of the construction of the Artigas base in 1984.

The crew of eight found five artists who could express the feelings of the exhibition: Lilian Silvera, the cook, who contributed pictures and the decoration; Paola Borges, the medical doctor in charge of public relations, who contributed handcrafts and pictures; Manuel Fernandez, the electro-mechanic in charge of illumination and the building’s restoration, who contributed some pictures; Omar Carrion, the automobile mechanic in charge of coordinating the works, decoration and special effects, who contributed pictures and handcrafts.

The idea and general direction was provided by Waldemar Fontes, the base Commander, who contributed watercolor and temper paints, pictures and handcrafts.
The exhibit, inaugurated on September 21th 2007, was visited by the personnel from neighboring bases, King Sejong (Korea), Belling[s]hausen (Russia), Frei (Chile) and Great Wall (China) and it will be open till November this year when the new campaign starts.

The artworks are going to be exhibited in Montevideo (Uruguay) in the middle of 2008.

A complete report and some pics can be viewed here.

Leopard seal photos: here.

Elephant seal photos from South Georgia: here. And here.

We observed a light coloured female southern elephant seal juvenile (Mirounga leonina) twice at Marion Island in August 2008 and confirmed that it was leucistic rather than albinistic: here.

Sheathbills are the only bird family endemic to the Antarctic: here.

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  1. Elephant seals join fight against climate change

    Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:32am BST

    By Michael Perry

    SYDNEY (Reuters) – Elephant seals swimming under Antarctic ice and fitted with special sensors are providing scientists with crucial data on ice formation, ocean currents and climate change, a study released on Tuesday said.

    The seals swimming under winter sea ice have overcome a “blind-spot” for scientists by allowing them to calculate how fast sea ice forms during winter.

    Sea ice reflects sunlight back into space, so less sea ice means more energy is absorbed by the earth, causing more warming.

    “They have made it possible for us to observe large areas of the ocean under the sea ice in winter for the first time,” said co-author Steve Rintoul from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO).

    Conventional oceanographic monitoring from ships, satellites and drifting buoys, cannot provide observations under sea ice.

    “Until now, our ability to represent the high-latitude oceans and sea ice in oceanographic and climate models has suffered as a result,” said Rintoul, who also works with the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre in Hobart.

    The elephant seals have provided scientists with a 30-fold increase in data recorded in parts of the Southern Ocean, said the study by a team of French, Australian, U.S. and British scientists and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    Between 2004 and 2005, the seals swam up to 65 kilometers (40 miles) a day, supplying scientists with 16,500 ice profiles. The seals dived to a depth of more than 500 meters (1,500 feet) on average and to a maximum depth of nearly 2 km (a mile).

    “If we want to understand what’s going to happen to climate in the future we need to know what the sea ice is going to do. Will there be more or less and will it form more or less rapidly?” Rintoul told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.

    The experiment involved 85 seals with sensors attached to their heads.

    “They measure temperature and salinity as a function of depth as they dive down and up through the water column,” he said.

    “From that information we can determine what the ocean currents are doing and so they provide us with a very detailed record of how temperatures and salinity’s changed,” he added.

    The polar regions play an important role in the earth’s climate and are changing more rapidly than any other part of the world, with the Southern Ocean warming more rapidly than the global ocean average.

    Sea ice not only affects the amount of energy reflected back into space, but also the amount of dense water around the Antarctic which drives ocean currents that transports heat around the globe.

    Sea ice also provides a critical habitat for krill, penguins and seals.

    (Additional reporting by David Fogarty; Editing by David Fogarty)


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