Antarctica Adventure - 2002

decided to come out, unharmed, on his own. So even the domestic life is enjoying the advantages of the “conservation areas.”

The camp is hilly, dry, windswept, treeless, pale green and rocky really worthless for man except for sheep grazing. Of course, the animals and plants that nature placed on the islands like it just fine and do not find it useless. One of the strange things we saw on that trip was the so-called “rivers of rock”. These are bizarre ribbons of quartzite that fractured during the last ice age and are now being revealed through erosion. The formation appears as if the rocks were actually running downhill toward the sea in rivulets. Very peculiar anddramatic. There are many acres of peat on the Falklands. Each islander has the right to a certain amount of it per year to burn for heating. That's the good part of peat's ability to catch fire. The downside is that the same thing can happen in the wild when lightning strikes the ground. The resultant fire can then follow the seams of peat underground. And since the seams are burning below ground, they are the very devil to put out.


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