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Vacation Day 6
Wednesday , January 28th
At Sea (Amalia Glacier)

Today's events happened almost the same as yesterday's except the Amalia Glacier was substituted for the Darwin Channel. The time that this occurred was between 8:00 and 9:30AM. The rest of the day was more time at sea, more lectures about Antarctica, and more web page building (the pages for days 3 & 4 were built today).

Here is the map showing where things are.

HA Map

The Amalia Glacier is not shown on this map but is located after the Darwin Channel and before the Strait of Magellan.

The Amalia Glacier is not much different than the ones you see in Glacier Bay, Alaska. It is called a tidewater glacier because it leading edge sits in the water. It is situated at the end of a fjord that it takes several hours to sail up to it and out from it, just like Glacier Bay. This glacier moves forward fairly quickly but it does not calve in the same quantities as the Glacier Bay ones do. One little piece came of just was the ship was turning and virtually no one saw it. Here are some pictures. I do not think much captioning of them is required.

Amalia Glacier 1
Amalia Glacier 2
Amalia Glacier 3
Amalia Glacier 5
Amaila Glacier 4
Amaila Glacier 6

You may have noticed that the colour of the ice appears to be blue. The reason it looks blue has to do with the way this type of very dense ice reflects light. It reflects blue better. On a cloudy day, such as this one, where the predominate colour of light getting through the clouds is blue then the ice will look blue. It looks more blue (or bluer if you like) on cloudy days do to this effect. You will still see some blue on sunny days but it will not be as strong.

As with yesterday nothing much more happened.

So we continue on to tomorrow and the stop in Punta Arenas, Chile and the all day shore excursion to Torres del Paine National Park.

Created: January 30, 2009 on the MS Amsterdam now just past Cape Horn and starting across the Drake Passage to Antarctica.
Note: this description will not jive with the calendar on the home page or any thing else describing the itinerary for this day. A planned stop had to be left out this day and things had to be changed at the last minute. See the page for Day 8, January 30th for the details of what happened.
Last updated: March 16, 2009 1:48 PM

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