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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Discovering Antarctica - Warnings

Antarctica is protected by the Antarctic Treaty which came into existence in 1959 and is, at present, signed by 49 countries.

The treaty ensures Antarctica to be a war and nuclear-free zone, prohibits mineral mining and nuclear waste disposal, but is in support of scientific research and protection of Antarctica's ecological system.

It is free to be accessed by anyone, but tourists and visitors have to follow some of the Atlantic Treaty's rules which are to protect Antarctic wildlife, respect protected areas and scientific research, to keep Antarctica clean, and to be safe.

Concerning the latter, there are some things you need to keep in mind:
- The Antarctic summer has 24 hours of daylight which could mess up your biological clock. In spite of all that light, ensure to get enough sleep by going to bed at the times you normally do; lack of sleep can affect your health.

- Bring warm, wind and waterproof apparel, including boots, gloves, warm underwear, hats and hoods. Don't forget sunglasses, sunscreen and, since the sea can be rather rough at times, medication for motion sickness.

- Pick your battles, so to speak and although it may seem and sound exciting, don't take trips and excursions, or partake in activities which you are physically not capable of or can stand up to. This will avoid unnecessary accidents and injuries. Hospitals are days away and the available doctors have only limited means and facilities.

- Sudden, rough weather can appear out of nowhere. When you are on a boat then it is best to ride out the storm by staying in your cabin and, when return on a smaller boat from an excursion, heed the warnings and follow the instructions of the crew in case choppy waters and increased wind speeds have taken you by surprise.

- The rules set for protecting both the environment and historical sites are very strictly seen to and ignoring them can result in severe fines. Keep them in mind and adhere to them; that way, Antarctica will remain as unique, pure, appealing and beautiful as it is and has been for ages!

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2 Comments:

Blogger audrey` said...

Thank you so much for your very nice comment on my blog. You made my day, Lieve Zus! (((HUGS)))

September 16, 2012 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Audrey,
Aww, you are most welcome. I was returning the favor and it was long overdue! :-)
(((HUGS)))

God's Grace.

September 17, 2012 at 5:53 AM  

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