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The human experience
No human eye saw Antarctica until about 230 years ago.
Today, some 45,000 tourists per year visit Antarctica.
Approximately two-thirds of those visitors make Zodiac-style landings.
Most of the rest do sail-by cruises (no landings).
The remainder takes sightseeing flights (big planes, no landings), air/land tours (visit research stations, perhaps the South Pole), and high-adventure-sport tours (such as skiing or climbing in Antarctica's interior).
Thousands of scientists and support staffers work at Antarctica research stations during the summer season. Some stay over for the long, dark winter.
50 cruise ships, more or less, currently sail to Antarctica. About half carry fewer than 100 passengers.
Some small private yachts with space for six or so people sail to the continent. (I saw several of them anchored in bays).
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Antarctica conversation pieces