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Antarctica – Map & Penguins

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On Christmas Day this year, I received a lovely card picturing a pair of penguins and a map of Antarctica – the continent at the “bottom” of the Earth – from a fellow collector in Portugal.  According to Wikipedia, this 14,000,000-kilometer landmass (yes, there is rock under a lot of that snow and ice) has no permanent residences but approximately 5,000 temporary ones.  On average, Antarctica is the coldest, driest and windiest of the continents and also has the highest average elevation.  It’s considered a desert with an annual precipitation of only 200 mm along the coasts.  The lowest temperature recorded here was -89°C (-129°F).

I’m considering sending this postcard down to Antarctica itself to get postmarked at one of the U.S. research stations there.  If you’d like to do something similar, please follow the instructions provided by the National Science Foundation:

Philatelists may obtain a maximum of two covers (self-addressed stamped envelopes) a year by writing to the postal clerks (addresses below) at the three year-round U.S. Antarctic stations.

  1. No more than two covers per person per station per year.
  2. Covers will be processed for personal (that is, noncommercial) use of individuals only.
  3. U.S. correspondents use domestic first-class postage for the APO addresses (below) and international first-class or air mail postage for the Palmer Station address.
  4. Non-U.S. correspondents use international first-class or airmail postage.

Philatelic Mail Clerk
McMurdo Station, Antarctica
PSC 769
APO AP 96599-1035

Philatelic Mail Clerk
Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica
PSC 768 Box 400
APO AP 96598

Philatelic Mail Clerk
Palmer Station, Antarctica
c/o Damco
Deposito Franco Antartico
P.O. Box 60-D
Punta Arenas, Chile


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