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Punta Arenas, Chile

53°10'S 70°55'W


December 2002 and December 2006

Prepare for travel by ship to Palmer Station and McMurdo Station, Antarctica; conduct interviews about environmental impacts of long line fishing and about the ozone hole

Under Auspices of:
National Science Foundation; WBUR.org

Radio and web features; multimedia website

Punta Arenas, at the southern tip of South America, is the staging site for U.S. scientific maritime operations in Antarctica, including expeditions to Palmer Station, on the Antarctic Peninsula, and McMurdo Station, the largest base in Antarctica.
In 2002 I stopped at Punta Arenas on my way, via the ice-strengthened L.M. Gould research vessel, to Palmer Station. While in Punta Arenas I reported on research on whether the hole in the ozone layer—which shields Earth from ultraviolet light—will cause increased skin cancer. I also reported on long-line fishing of the toothfish. I returned to Punta Arenas in 2006, on my way to the Ross Sea and McMurdo Station, on the icebreaker Oden.


  • Watch the video Dan produced for Audubon magazine about the voyage of the icebreaker Oden from Punta Arenas to McMurdo Station

Related Links
Punta Arenas, Chile

  • Listen to Dangerous Appetite? , a radio feature for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation about the impact of long line fishing for toothfish on Antarctica wildlife
  • Visit Antarctica Special, Dan’s micro website about his voyage to Palmer Station (including his stop in Punta Arenas)
  • Listen to Meltdown, Dan’s documentary on the impact of global warming on the world’s ice, including reporting from Palmer Station
  • Watch the slide show Dan produced for Audubon magazine about research on the icebreaker Oden as it traveled from Punta Arenas to McMurdo Station