Until now, tourists with a yearning to explore Antarctica have been much like the penguins that live there… flightless. Though cargo craft often fly to the southernmost pole with scientists and equipment for research purposes, most other visitors have had to rely on ships to carry them to the icy continent. That could all change in the future, with the landing of the first commercial passenger flight in Antarctica late last month.
Antarctica — just the word conjures up the image of icy expanses stretching for miles, a silent, frigid landscape just waiting to have its secrets uncovered. But while tourism on the lesser traveled seventh continent is surging, scientists are warning that the increased traffic could do a number on Antarctica’s fragile environment. [More]