Paradise Bay, Antarctica

February 02, 2011

Photographer: Ray Boren 
Summary Author: Ray Boren

February 2011 Earth Science Picture of the Day Viewer's ChoiceOn a fine midsummer day at the edge of Antarctica, a glaciated mountain casts its reflection in the calm but icy waters of Paradise Bay. This lovely harbor is on the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, which reaches north toward South America. The inlet hosts two Antarctic research stations: Argentina’s Almirante Brown Antarctic Base (near where this photo was taken) and Chile’s Gonzalez Videla Antarctic Base. Both are now occupied only during the Antarctic summer. Some of the frozen continent’s earliest scientific research took place in Paradise Bay in the early 1920s. Thomas Bagshawe and M.C. Lester, members of a British expedition who had intended to fly a number of aircraft to the South Pole, were thwarted in that effort but decided to over-winter at Waterboat Point. Bagshawe subsequently penned the first study of penguin breeding development after studying the gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) rookery there. Research that is more recent has included observing the development of the ozone hole by tracking ultraviolet solar radiation at Paradise Bay. Photo taken on January 14, 2011.

Photo Details: Camera: NIKON D60; Focal Length: 35.0mm; Aperture: f/10.0; Exposure Time: 0.0031 s (1/320); ISO equiv: 100.