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Aliens In Antarctica. What Are The Chances?

More pyramid-like structures discovered in Antarctica. Erosion or aliens? You be the judge! The fact that life exists somewhere beyond the interstellar horizon is a given nowadays, with scientists the world over in agreement. We’re not alone. There is no doubt some kind of life exists somewhere, the only questions remaining regard what kind of life and when, if ever, …

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Do Polar Bears exist in Antarctica?

Do Polar Bears Exist in Antarctica, a spectacular land of ice, framed by rigid waters and home to a plethora of hardy creatures? Read on to find out! So do Polar Bears Exist in Antarctica?? Antarctica is home to a kaleidoscope of incredibly fascinating creatures, but polar bears are NOT among them. Although, given the harsh climate and abundance of icy …

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Antarctica Facts: What do you call a group of Penguins?

Antarctica is one of the most famous continents in the world. The mere mention of it’s name conjures up images of giant ice sheets, crisp snow, freezing winds, and of course, cute little Penguins. However, you’ll be surprised to find out a lot of the things you think you know about Antarctica aren’t actually true, and you’ll be even more …

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McMurdo Station, Antarctica: a Mighty Fine Place to go for a Drink

Often dubbed ‘the final hint of civilization’ on the southernmost end of the world, McMurdo Station is a US-run scientific research station in Antarctica. The largest encampment of its kind is also the last accessible place on the White Continent one can reach by ship. Home to about 1,200 summer residents and 250 hardy folks who brave the winter harshness …

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Nazis in Antarctica?

OK, you have read the title. Nazis in Antarctica? These Chimu guys must be completely bonkers! Maybe we are, maybe we want to let you know a little bit more about the myriad of stories of a few remnants of the German Nazi regime living, quite literally at the bottom of the world. We aren’t telling you that you will …

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Top Ten Ernest Shackleton Facts

Sir Ernest Shackleton was one of the 20th Century’s greatest heroes. His tales of adventure and extraordinary courage inspired a generation of explorers and his legacy lives on to this day. There has been countless stories written about Sir Ernest’s life and adventures, and perhaps we can surprise you with a few… Here are our top ten Ernest Shackleton facts: …

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Why the Falkland Islands are so Controversial

At first sight, the Falkland Islands – known as Islas Malvinas in Argentina – shouldn’t belong to Great Britain. Only 480kms away from the former, but almost 13,000km from the latter, this wildlife and wilderness haven is, without a doubt, the most controversial foreign territory to fly under the British flag.

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A rare glimpse inside France’s Antarctica Programme

Travelling to Dumont d’Urville Station, France’s main Antarctica research base, is certainly no easy task. Travellers on Chimu’s recent voyage to East Antarctica caught a rare glimpse of the French Antarctic Programme. This was the first time the station had been visited by a cruise ship in over 5 years.

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The pile of laundry that’s frozen in time – a mystery find on Antarctica

On the 14th December 1912, 22-year-old Belgrave Ninnis – an officer with the British Army – was on an Antarctica research journey with famed Australian explorer Sir Douglas Mawson, when he fell and perished down a vertiginous crevasse. So you can imagine the surprise, when the Mawson’s Huts Foundation conservator Michelle Berry, after a tip-off from an archaeologist working on …

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Fun & Inappropriate Facts about Antarctic Whales You Really Ought to Know

Imagine this: you’re on the deck of your Antarctica cruise charter in the company of fellow adventure travellers, admiring a pod of Minke whales as they surf behind the wake of your vessel. Everyone’s in awe; the only sound being the clicking of cameras. And then there’s you. ‘Did you know that Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis once built a …

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