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Crossing the Drake Passage

Marty’s photo of the day #2502: To get to or from Antarctica, you must cross the Drake Passage, which is famous for having the roughest seas in the world. Why? If you put your finger on the globe, just a little below the southern tip of South America, you will touch the Drake Passage. Now spin the globe. Your finger is on the only spot where such a spin will not hit any land. Consequently, there is nothing to break the wind or the waves.

I took this photo from the bridge of our little ship, crossing the Drake Passage, on the way back from Antarctica. Other than the fact that almost everyone was seasick at that moment, riding the waves was loads of fun!

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