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A Visitor's Guide to South Georgia


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Map of South Georgia showing site locations inside front cover A Message from Nigel Haywood 7 Foreword by Keith Shackleton 9 About this Guide 10 TIPS FOR VISITORS 11 NATURAL HISTORY OF SOUTH GEORGIA * Oceans and Climate 16 * Geology 18 * Glaciers and Landforms 20 * Vegetation 22 * Wildlife 24 * Introduced species 29 A BRIEF HISTORY OF SOUTH GEORGIA* The Discovery of South Georgia 32 * The Sealers 33 * The Explorers 34 * Carl Anton Larsen and the Whaling Industry 36 * The Discovery Investigations 38 * Duncan Carse and the South Georgia Surveys 1951-57 39 * Establishing British Antarctic Survey Research 40 * South Georgia, A Diplomacy Case 41 CURRENT ACTIVITIES* Stamps 42 * Government Administration 44 * Tourism 45 * South Georgia Fisheries 47 * Fisheries Research at King Edward Point 48 * Seabird and Seal Research 50 * Longline Fisheries and Seabirds 52 THE APPROACH TO SOUTH GEORGIA 54 KEY TO SITE MAPS 56 KEY INFORMATION * Wandering Albatrosses 66 * Burrowing Petrels 82 * Life at Leith Harbour 92 * Southern Elephant Seals 116 * King Penguins 138 * Fur Seals 156 THE SITES* Elsehul 58 * Prion Island 62 * Salisbury Plain 70 * Prince Olav Harbour 74 * Fortuna Bay 78 * Hercules Bay 84 * Leith Harbour 88 * Shackleton Walk 94 * Stromness Harbour 98 * Husvik 102 * Jason Harbour 106 * Grytviken & King Edward Point 108 * Maiviken 118 * Cobblers Cove 122 * Godthul 126 * Ocean Harbour 130 * St. Andrews Bay 134 * Moltke Harbour 140 * Will Point & Brisbane Point 144 * Gold Harbour 148 * Cooper Bay 152 * Drygalski Fjord & Larsen Harbour 158 * King Haakon Bay 162 Checklist of the Fauna and Flora of South Georgia 164 Bird Breeding Calendar 171 Bibliography 172 Useful Addresses and Websites 174 Photo/Art Credits 175 Acknowledgements 178

About the Author

Sally Poncet conducts research on seabirds, invasive species, and habitat restoration in the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Kim Crosbie worked as a naturalist and guide to South Georgia for more than twelve years and now works for the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators.


"A must have for those visiting the island."--Ian Paulsen, Birdbooker Report, Guardian "If your dream is to visit Antarctica, this book will give you a whole new appreciation for the small island of South Georgia, which lies nearby and shares the same climate and much of the same endemic flora and fauna."--Devorah Bennu, GrrlScentist "I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to visit the island but I would also recommend it to people like me who just enjoy great images and writing about distant lands. It is full of great information and (I don't think I have emphasized this enough yet) some wonderful photographs, it really was a joy to read and review."--Ashley Beolens, Fat Photographer

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