Cape Adare an extinct volcano in Antarctica

Yesterday we arrived at Cape Adare, the northern tip of Victoria Land and the northern end of the Transantarctic Mountains. The cape is made by a shield volcano that was probably active in the last ice age. The shape of the volcano suggest, the lower portions were constrained by ice, with the upper portions erupting into the air.

The site is also the site of the oldest buildings in Antarctica, Borchgrevink’s hut. It was here that the first overwintering in Antarctica took place. Additionally the cape is home to the largest colony of Adelie penguins in the world, however the colony was almost deserted, because by this time of year most chicks have fledged.

We flew in and out of the site by helicopter.

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