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Friday, February 22, 2019

South America : Day Fourteen : Flying back from Antarctica to Punta Arenas ...

Our luck held. It was clear weather all the way and a pretty smooth flight back across the Drake Passage to mainland Chile. 

What an amazing trip it has been. 

Our little ship ending up travelling 988 nautical miles (or 1137 land miles to you land lubbers), burning 50 tons of fuel, and we consumed 330 tons fresh water. 

We had learnt many things on our trip; many things about penguins, many things about humpback whales, and many things  about Antarctica itself. 

Antarctica factoid #1: Antarctica is twice the area of Australia in summer. 
Antarctica factoid #2: Antarctic doubles in size in winter, due to the sea ice, making it four times the area of Australia.  
Oh and it is the coldest, windiest, and driest place on earth, having the world's biggest desert at 5.4 million square miles. 
So there you go. 

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