Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.8 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.
5.5 Earthquake hits the Southwest Indian ridge.
5.4 Earthquake hits the Drake Passage.
5.1 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines. 10 more words
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This global transportation bottleneck some 600 miles wide marks the convergence of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Oceans. Its volatility, where the waves, winds, and currents all seemingly conspire against any intrepid adventurers, is due to the Drake’s position as a zone of climactic transition; the Passage divides the the cool, sub-polar conditions of the southernmost bits of South America from the frigid, polar regions of Antarctica.
A little over a year ago now, I was making my way to Antarctica. It’s a long trip by any account — it takes almost 7 days to get there, changing 3 modes of transportation and going through 4 countries — but perhaps the most interesting part of it was getting from South America to Antarctica on the BIO Hespérides, a Spanish polar research vessel that we hitched a ride with. 1,126 more words