Antarctica tourism thrives but tourists must brace for wild and unexpected forces of nature

March 20, 2015 4:16 AM

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Antarctica tourism thrives but tourists must brace for wild and unexpected forces of nature

In this Feb. 2, 2015 photo, tourists jump as they pose for a picture, after disembarking from the Ocean Nova cruise ship, on King George Island, Antarctica. This tourist season, which runs November through March, more than 37,000 visitors are expected to walk on the coldest continent on Earth, about 10 percent more than the year before. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) (The Associated Press)

This Jan. 20, 2015 aerial photo, shows the terrain that is seen on a flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, Antarctica. No matter how tourists arrive, weather delays are the norm. During the recent patch of heavy fog, for six days planes were unable to take off or land on King George, leavi...

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