“South Georgia is one of the most extraordinary and least appreciated places for wildlife in the world. “Whilst it may be remote, it is far from barren. It bears witness to some of the most spectacular sights in the natural world; from the stately albatross with the biggest bird wingspan in the world, and gargantuan elephant seals, to one of the world’s largest collections of penguins.”
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South Georgia Island is a spectacular, but little known sub-Antarctic island, home to six million penguins and an amazing collection of wildlife. Alone in a vast ocean, almost 900 miles (1,448 Km) from Antarctica, South Georgia was discovered by British explorer James Cook.
The island is a mere 100 miles (161 Km) long, featuring a wild and rugged landscape with mountain ranges, vast glaciers, and windblown plains half-buried beneath snow and ice. Although it is a sub-Antarctic island, its position south of the Convergence makes it biologically Antarctic. The archipelago of South Georgia represents one of the largest, most isolated land masses in the Southern Ocean.
The combined factors of early separation from a continental land mass, a large shelf area, a high degree of geographic isolation and its proximity to nutrient-rich currents all represent important catalysts in the development of a biologically rich and distinct island.
This is why albatross, elephant seals, leopard seals and penguins congregate there at breeding time.